Biosecurity: Origins, Transformations and Practices (New by Katsuhisa Furukawa, James Revill, Malcolm Dando, Koos van

By Katsuhisa Furukawa, James Revill, Malcolm Dando, Koos van der Bruggen, David B. Sawaya, Benjamin Rusek, Flippa Lentzos, Jonathan B. Tucker, Brian Rappert, Chandr Gould

This publication explores the origins, interpretations and meanings of the time period 'biosecurity'. It brings jointly individuals on concerns when it comes to the perceptions of the specter of organic guns and the way states are responding, or no longer, to the demanding situations posed via the opportunity of the goods of the existence sciences for use for harmful reasons.

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7 Some commentators disagree with Beck’s analysis. Ericson and Doyle (2004), for example, argue that what constitutes a catastrophic event is a matter of perception. An event whose extent would be catastrophic (and therefore outside of cost-benefit logic) for some may be manageable by others. g. natural disasters, terrorist attacks and new epidemics – into a space of insurability. 8 Similar shifts have been identified in the broader security studies field. Didier Bigo and Tsoukala Anastassia (2006), for example, working on EU security agencies, argue that we are seeing a move away from traditional policing and a ‘criminal justice logic focusing on acts already committed’ towards proactive prevention and an ‘intelligence logic focusing on anticipation’.

Francois Ewald elaborates: The nineteenth century’s dream of security is tied to a scientific utopia ever more capable of controlling risks. While one cannot Filippa Lentzos 29 eliminate risks altogether (there is never zero risk), they will have been reduced sufficiently to be able to be dealt with collectively: accidents are the by-product, necessary although always more marginalised, of scientific and technical progress. These are special or abnormal risks, the responsibility for which should be spread over the community.

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