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


  • Jennifer Bedford, MS
  • James Kendra, PhD



emergency management, homeland security, preparedness


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.

Author Biographies

Jennifer Bedford, MS

Independent Scholar, McCall, Idaho

James Kendra, PhD

Department of Public Administration, Emergency Administration and Planning Program, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.


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How to Cite

Bedford, MS, J., and J. Kendra, PhD. “Security As Subversion: Undermining Access, Agency, and Voice through the Discourse of Security”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 2009, pp. 53-63, doi:10.5055/jem.2009.0087.