Security Redefined

  • Helen Forbes-Mewett
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


This chapter presents a conceptual analysis of security that includes several major perspectives such as: international relations and ‘security’ as an abstract concept, encompassing the subfield of security studies; economic and human security; psychological security; and security from a sociological perspective. The chapter begins by demonstrating that ‘security’ is definable in an abstract sense and argues that definition is necessary before proceeding to explore the various dimensions of the term. A broad analysis provides the framework for the book and for the concept of ‘the new security’. The notion of the new security as a right is also considered as well as the influences on security needs pertaining to culture, religion and relocation.


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