Embodying the breach: (In)securitization and ethnographic engagement in the US

Ariana Mangual Figueroa

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In this commentary, the author offers three related perspectives regarding (in)securitization: first, an overview of ongoing discussions taking place among US-based ethnographers of colour about the effects of surveillance on ethnography; second, an example of the impact that (in)securitization may have on the researcher/researched relationship in contemporary ethnographic research; and third, an extension of Garfinkel’s notion of the “breach” within the current sociopolitical context. Throughout this essay, the author calls for a greater sense of connection to and solidarity with those “vulnerable subjects” that we engage with ethnographically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sociolinguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • breach
  • ethics
  • ethnography
  • surveillance


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