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Jana Hönke's book published

New book explores Transnational Companies and Security Governance.

Jana Hönke, a lecturer in PIR, has published a new book, which examines non-state governance in areas of limited statehood by looking at the security practices of multinational companies.

Since the end of the Cold War, the extractive industries have expanded enormously into Africa, Latin America and Asia. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50% of foreign direct investment goes into this sector. This book examines everyday security practices around some of these mining companies in to illustrate a much broader and highly relevant phenomenon: hybrid transnational security governance. Such hybridity and their ambiguous effects characterise external security practices in many other arenas of intervention in our postcolonial world.

The volume analyses the techniques, nodes of actors and spaces of transnational companies’ security governance in African mining regions. Using cases from the northwest of Johannesburg in South Africa and Southern Katanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the book offers  an alternative explanation for the similarities, differences, and in fact contradictions, in the security practices in these localities in different time periods. It argues that different collective meaning systems that work across state boundaries structure local actors’ perceptions and range of choice of security techniques.

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