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Governing (through) anticipation, vigilance, affect
Mittuniversitetet, Fakulteten för humanvetenskap, Institutionen för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap. (RCR)ORCID-id: 0000-0003-4011-8954
2019 (Engelska)Konferensbidrag, Muntlig presentation med publicerat abstract (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

The perceived increase in and transformation of societal insecurities necessitates novelapproaches for governing societal responses to future disruption (e.g. O’Malley, 2008). Onesuch novel approach is the establishing of public disaster simulation centres to ensure avigilant and prepared population. Societal insecurities do not necessarily mean transboundaryor de-localized modern risks (in Beck’s, 2009, sense), but may just as well implythreats to geographically delimited communities, societies, and regions, for example natureinduced(yet social) disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis, and insecurities originating fromextreme weather conditions due to climate change (e.g. hurricanes, heatwaves, landslides,flooding). This paper presents a case of public simulation centres understood as amanifestation of the Foucauldian notion of self-technology, emphasizing, as it does, themodification of individual conduct: not only skills but also attitudes must be aligned towardsthe overarching goal of preparedness (Foucault, 1988:18). In other words, is the proliferationof public simulation centres to be understood as a concrete sign of ongoing processes ofresponsibilization? Alternatively, is it an expression of political and economic prestige: thefact that governments choose to spend huge resources on public preparedness? Based on adiverse assemblage of empirical sources (including individual’s accounts of their simulationexperiences, notes from sensuous ethnographic field work, governmental rationalizing of theneed for public simulation centres, and sketches of a giant simulation centre that was nevermaterialized), the paper puts forward an analysis of the mechanisms and technologies bywhich individuals and communities become “resilient”. One overall tentative conclusion isthat the sensuous-affective experiences conveyed by the simulation (like excitement, thrill,discomfort, stress) are intended to have an empowering effect on the participants.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-36767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-36767DiVA, id: diva2:1340192
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The 4th Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, NEEDS 2019, Uppsala, June 10-12, 2019
Tillgänglig från: 2019-08-02 Skapad: 2019-08-02 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-08-13Bibliografiskt granskad

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