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In contemporary societies, security has become a highly contested topic and is very dif f icult to def ine. The crucial question of what it means to provide security for citizens, to be or feel safe or to make someone or something secure, provokes a variety of answers. This introduction highlights the aims and intent of the volume The Cultural Construction of Safet y and Securit y. We explain how the articles in the volume seek to contribute to the interdisciplinary ef fort of analysing security cultures by specif ically bringing out the value of humanities research. Insights from history, art history, literary studies and philosophy can help in generating a deeper understanding of the norms, beliefs and emotions underlying perceptions of safety and security.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cultural Construction of Safety and Security
Subtitle of host publicationImaginaries, Discourses and Philosophies that Shaped Modern Europe
EditorsGemma Blok, Jan Oosterholt
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789048554768
ISBN (Print)9789463720472
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Safety and Security
  • Risk Prevention
  • Public Health
  • Interdisciplinarity


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