Accepted paper:

Poland in troubled times. The mobility of fear and (in)security.

Authors:

Kamila Grześkowiak (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

Paper short abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the transfer of fear, knowledge and "technology" of security in the context of risk and security (self)management in Poland.

Paper long abstract:

After the elections in Poland won by the conservative party Law and Justice in 2015 "being safe" in cultural, social, economic and political dimensions had been raised to the level of the struggle against lurking evil - refugees and terrorists. Global fears and uncertainties have been nested to the local context. Fear for unknow Other (as a very useful political tool) opened the doors for the new agents - former special forces whose knowledge and skills became attractive both for the government and citizens. The government saw in them the potential to pass on the responsibility for ensuring security, the citizens discovered they can be the way to learn how to survive in troubled times. This paper will focus on the relations between this three parties: government, citizens and former special forces. It will address the question of how the fear, knowledge and "technology" of security are transferred and re-defined. The ethnographic material is based on research in progress.

panel P118
Security on the move: mobility and experimentation [Anthropology of security]