Just a decade ago security had little claim to criminological attention. Today a combination of disciplinary paradigm shifts, policy changes, and world political events have pushed security to the forefront of the criminological agenda. Distinctions between public safety and private protection, policing and security services, national and international security are being eroded. Post-9/11 the pursuit of security has been hotly debated not least because countering terrorism raises the stakes and licenses extraordinary measures. Security has become a central plank of public policy, a topical political issue, and lucrative focus of private venture but it is not without costs, problems, and paradoxes. As security governs our lives, governing security become a priority.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Semantics of Security

  3. A brief History of Security

  4. New Distributions of Security

  5. Security, Crime, and Criminal Justice

  6. Security as Industry

  7. Security and Counter-terrorism

  8. Governing Security