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Fabricating Homeland Security
Police Entanglements across India and Palestine/Israel
Rhys Machold



September 2024
372 pages.
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Hardcover ISBN: 9781503639690
Paperback ISBN: 9781503640719

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Homeland security is rarely just a matter of the homeland; it involves the circulation and multiplication of policing practices across borders. Though the term "homeland security" is closely associated with the United States, Israel is credited with developing the first all-encompassing approach to domestic surveillance and territorial control. Today, it is a central node in the sprawling global homeland security industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars. And in the wake of 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, India emerged as a major growth market. Known as "India's 9/11" or simply "26/11," the attacks sparked significant public pressure to adopt "modern" homeland security approaches. Since 2008, India has become not only the single largest buyer of Israeli conventional weapons, but also a range of other surveillance technology, police training, and security expertise.

Pairing insights from science and technology studies with those from decolonial and postcolonial theory, Fabricating Homeland Security traces 26/11's political and policy fallout, concentrating on the efforts of Israel's homeland security industry to advise and equip Indian city and state governments. Through a focus on the often unseen and overlooked political struggles at work in the making of homeland security, Rhys Machold illustrates how homeland security is a universalizing project that seeks to remake the world in its image, and tells the story of how claims to global authority are fabricated and put to work.

About the author

Rhys Machold is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

"This book is an important and insightful contribution to critical dialogues around the global securitization industry. It deftly weaves a sophisticated and accessible analysis of how the forces and relations of colonial capital, racism, and social inequality continue to configure securitization as a transnational and transhistorical process. Machold paints a riveting portrait of the constantly morphing and emergent praxis of "homeland security" as a fraught and fragmented political economic and cultural project, revealing how myriad stakeholders conceive, debate, and enact policies and practices that affect countless peoples' lives in India, Palestine/Israel, and globally."

—Beatrice Jauregui, author of Provisional Authority: Police, Order, and Security in India

"In this remarkable book, Rhys Machold traces how a range of transnational processes intersect to produce a political technology aimed at enhancing forms of racial governance across the globe. While empirically situated in India and Palestine/Israel,Fabricating Homeland Security is essential reading for anyone interested in how contemporary practices of security and policing are traded in the market and then used by state and corporate actors to organize, manage and control societies."

—Neve Gordon, Queen Mary University of London

"In this remarkable book, Rhys Machold traces how a range of transnational processes intersect to produce a political technology aimed at enhancing forms of racial governance across the globe. While empirically situated in India and Palestine/Israel,Fabricating Homeland Security is essential reading for anyone interested in how contemporary practices of security and policing are traded in the market and then used by state and corporate actors to organize, manage and control societies."

—Neve Gordon, Queen Mary University of London