Disputing security and risk: The convoluted politics of uncertainty

Farrand Carrapico, Helena, Massoumi, Narzanin, McGowan, William and Mythen, Gabe (2020) Disputing security and risk: The convoluted politics of uncertainty. In: The Politics of Uncertainty. Routledge, London, pp. 151-163. ISBN 9781003023845

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This chapter explores some of the dilemmas that arise in using uncertainty as a lens to interpret societal problems and issues. Using several cases to open up discussion we argue that it is vitally important to understand the historical, political and cultural context in which debates about risk, uncertainty and (in)security materialise. Arguing for a re-specified, context-specific account, we seek to unravel dominant understandings of uncertainty in three domains: cyber security, counter-radicalisation strategy and mechanisms for coping in the aftermath of structural violence. While acknowledging the value of uncertainty as an heuristic device, we argue that established units of sociological analysis – such as power and ideology – remain important explanatory concepts in understanding institutional actions and policy drivers.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2022 14:22
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2022 14:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48961

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