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Security as subversion: Undermining access, agency, and voice through the discourse of security

Jennifer Bedford, MS, James Kendra, PhD

Abstract


This article describes a case in which local emergency planning was thwarted by indifference and concern about security. It argues that excessive security concerns can impede the kind of cooperation and information sharing that is widely accepted as essential to good planning and suggests that concerns about less-likely terrorist attacks undercut preparation for more-likely emergencies arising from natural or technological sources.

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emergency management, homeland security, preparedness

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/jem.2009.0087

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