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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

UTP free article:Brodie on the history of the citizen-state security bargain

Free online this week only--a 2009 article in the University of Toronto Quarterly by Janine Brodie, Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance at the University of Alberta, "From Social Security to Public Safety: Security Discourses and Canadian Citizenship."

Here's the abstract:
This article explores the development of security discourses and, in particular, what I term the citizen–state security bargain in Canada since Confederation. The analysis focuses on how various security discourses have lent legitimacy to the state and helped to fashion a sense of national community and citizen identity. A historical tracking of Speeches from the Throne illustrates the ways in which the mid-twentieth-century enunciation of the citizen–state bargain as social security has been progressively surpassed and circumscribed by individualized pronouncements of public safety.

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