Securitization has a complex and generative relationship to publicness. A fuller understanding of this relationship requires a better understanding of how secrecy mediates the relationship between security and publicness. This commentary highlights recent sociological work on secrecy and suggests that Simmel’s reflections on the charms of secrecy and the drama of revelation offer some promising guidelines for theorizing secrecy’s place in the milieu of security.

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Keywords public sphere, publicity, secrecy, securitization, security theory
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Journal Dialogues in Human Geography
Walters, W. (2015). Secrecy, publicity and the milieu of security. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(3), 287–290. doi:10.1177/2043820615607766