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Title: Beck and beyond: Selling security in the world risk society
Authors: Krahmann, E
Keywords: Social Sciences;International Relations;International relations;Terrorism;War
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Review of International Studies, 37(1), 349 - 372, 2011
Abstract: Expanding on the works of Beck and others on the growing business of risk, this article examines the role of the private security industry in the creation, management and perpetuation of the world risk society. It observes that the replacement of the concept of security with risk over the past decades has permitted private firms to identify a growing range of unknown and unknown-unknown dangers which cannot be eliminated, but require permanent risk management. Using the discourse of risk and its strategies of commercialised, individualised and reactive risk management, the private risk industry thus has contributed to the rise of a world risk society in which the demand for security can never be satisfied and guarantees continuous profits.
Description: ©2010 British International Studies Association
ISSN: 0260-2105
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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