Drones and the uninsurable security subjects

André Barrinha, Sarah da Mota

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This paper engages with the security dynamics underlying the use of drones and their impact on security subjects–individuals and groups that are the ultimate recipients of specific security policies, regardless of whether these have beneficial effects on them. Using Mark Duffield’s distinction between the insured Global North and the non-insured Global South, this paper discusses how drones generate a radical dissociation between the intervener and the intervened that ultimately produces new security environments at the margins of the international system. These new security environments are defined by the articulation between space, technologies and bodies: bodies of invisible subjects; bodies that are uninsurable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-269
Number of pages17
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number2
Early online date2 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • counter-terrorism
  • Drones
  • power
  • terrorism
  • uninsured subjects
  • US security policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development


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