Deception

Secrecy Research Amidst the Ruins of an Atomic Weapons Research Facility

Research objective: This chapter will help researchers explore places where secrecy persists despite acts of declassification and derestriction intended to make them more “open” and “transparent”. Research puzzle: The puzzle the chapter …

Hannah Arendt and the Art of Secrecy; Or, the Fog of Cobra Mist

Using Hannah Arendt as our guide, we examine the imperfect and at times curious mechanisms through which state projects enact an aura of secrecy and deception. To date, International Political Sociology (IPS) has paid strikingly little attention to …

Deception Declassified: The Social Organisation of Cover Storying in a Secret Intelligence Operation

This article asks why and how governments keep secrets from publics, journalists and politicians using the strategy of ‘cover storying’. To develop a theory of cover storying, insights are drawn from political sociologies of state secrecy and from …