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In confronting risk, individuals and all agencies cannot simply respond with endless resources in mitigating the damage that hazards engender—they have to establish a balance. Risk Balance and Security combines the conceptual underpinnings of risk assessment and management at both the individual and agency level with a clear analysis of how these relate to challenges faced in responding to crime, terrorism, public health threats, and environmental disasters. With a new understanding of how decisions are made about threats and hazards, and how this understanding may be applied in our preparedness, prevention, and response strategies, we will be able to better conceptualize our task for enhancing security in the future.

Values and Choices in Constructing Security
Values and choices in constructing security
The Values of Security

Cultures provide a menu of choices with respect to what is considered hazardous and what is considered safe (Purcell, Clarke, & Renzulli, 2000). As Purcell and colleagues indicate, cultural mediation highlights certain behaviors and objects as dangerous and others as safe, while still others are simply left unaddressed. Culture serves as a lens through which the environment is interpreted, with perspectives on hazards and threats often as varied and numerous as there are cultures themselves. Sunstein (2005) argues, furthermore, that considerations of hazards and threats are contingent on cultural or social determinants. In Europe, for example, there is a great deal of anxiety about the dangers posed by genetically altered food, ...

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