The Concept of Security

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 3)


Security is of vital importance. The term is frequently used to help raise consciousness of the importance of particular issues, which are then so labelled in the minds of the population at large (Buzan 1991, p. 370). However, security is an ‘essentially contested concept’ (Gallie 1956, p. 184; Buzan 1983, p. 6); a concept on which no consensus exists. This conceptual vagueness makes it difficult to find a common ground for discussion. A feature shared by most definitions is some form of threat to cherished values (Williams 2008, p. 5), especially those threats that endanger a particular referent object’s survival in the near future. Accordingly, concern for survival entails a preoccupation with security.


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