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Gluck, Zoltan Kendrick

Grant Type
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
New York, Graduate Center, City U. of
Status
Completed Grant
Approve Date
Project Title
Gluck, Zoltan Kendrick, City U. of New York, Graduate Center, New York, NY - To aid research on 'Security and State Transformation: An Anthropology of Kenya's War on Terror (1998-2016),' supervised by Dr. Setha Low

ZOLTAN GLÜCK, then a graduate student at City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, New York, received funding in October 2015 to aid research on 'Security and State Transformation: An Anthropology of Kenya's War on Terror (1998-2016),' supervised by Dr. Setha Low. This project is a study of Kenya's 'War on Terror,' examining how security practices and counterterrorism are affecting urban space, state power, and political identity. Since 1998 Kenya has experienced a number of terrorist attacks that have profoundly impacted the country, placing security at the center of national politics and transforming the very institutions of state security. Research for this project focused on several sites, institutions, and urban spaces that have been substantially impacted by terrorism and counterterrorism. These include the impacts counterterrorism policing operations on a Nairobi neighborhood, the advent and proliferation of 'countering violent extremism' programs in Kenyan civil society, and the campaign to reopen Garissa University College after the campus was attacked in 2015. This research also examined everyday state transformation in the security sector through an ethnography of Kenya's police reform process as it is pulled between the vying imperatives of 'reform' versus 'counterterrorism.' As a whole this project examines the colonial origins of counterterrorism and traces how police, activists, political elites, and NGOs navigate the social and spatial processes of the War on Terror. Using archival research, participant observation and in-depth interviews, it chronicles the broader security-led transformation of Kenyan society over two decades.