Security is often sought through armaments and containment, which can lead to the impoverishment rather than the nourishment of laboring bodies. Under increasingly precarious conditions, governments oversee the movements of people, rather than scrutinize and regulate the movements of capital.

In a Chats in the Stacks book talk at Mann Library on April 5, 2012, professors of development sociology Shelley Feldman and Charles Geisler discuss their new book "Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life."

Highlighting some of the different themes presented by contributing authors, the speakers raise questions about the implications that emerge from two contemporary phenomena: a fixation on security that justifies the militarization of civilian life, and the dramatic increase in insecurity associated with crises in health care, housing, incarceration, personal debt, and unemployment.