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In the wake the U.S.-led ‘war against terror’, new anthropological horizons have emerged for security and future studies on the ‘home fronts’ in the Global North and in the ‘theatres of war’ in the Global South. In this paper, I move towards these rising horizons by way of investigating futures in security within the context of Danish expeditionary forces in the post-9/11 era. However, rather than addressing future-oriented security measures at the ‘distant’ edge of tomorrow, I attend to entanglements of futurity and security at the ‘up close and personal’ edge of impending threats. More specifically, I ethnographically explore the term ‘indicator’, as in ‘combat indicator’, an emic term revealing a violent ‘incident’ might just be about to happen in the surrounding battlespace. When and how is ‘indicator’ invoked among Danish expeditionary forces, and what are the courses of action tied to this anticipatory notion? The paper draws upon the ethnographic fieldworks, I have conducted as an ‘embedded anthropologist’, with Danish combat troops before, during and after deployment to Anbar in Iraq and to Helmand in Afghanistan. I argue that the usage of ‘indicator’ is based on the education of attention to a repertoire of more or less subtle cues for identifying potentially dangerous anomalies in ‘the picture of the normal order of things’, that is, for identifying an evolving situation as a possible security threat, and thus for carrying out an act of telling what might be expected from the imminent future and respond accordingly.
Publikationsdatojan. 2020
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2020
BegivenhedNew Anthropological Horizons in and beyond Europe - 16th EASA Biennial Conference - Virtual
Varighed: 20 jul. 202024 jul. 2020


KonferenceNew Anthropological Horizons in and beyond Europe - 16th EASA Biennial Conference


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