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The New Security

Individual, Community and Cultural Experiences

  • Defines the term ‘new security’, applying the concept across a range of dimensions of economic and social life

  • Draws on interviews and case study material from the US, UK, Australia and China

  • Addresses everyday experiences of security, including migration, education, employment, housing, finance, personal space and identity


Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 1-3
  3. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 5-38
  4. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 39-73
  5. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 75-96
  6. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 97-134
  7. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 135-164
  8. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 165-195
  9. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 197-216
  10. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 217-237
  11. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages 239-244
  12. Helen Forbes-Mewett
    Pages C1-C1
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 245-267

About this book


The New Security places the concept of ‘security’ under the spotlight to analyse its meaning in an original and contemporary context. In so doing, Forbes-Mewett revisits the notion from the perspectives of individuals and communities to understand what security means in our culturally diverse, contemporary society. Chapters highlight the extent of the shift of traditional uses of the term from the established perspective of international relations to a more commonly used concept which now broadly relates to many aspects of peoples’ everyday experiences.   

Based on empirical studies of security in relation to housing, employment, food, personal security and campus settings in times of perceived heightened risk, this book presents new and different ways of thinking about security to demonstrate how we need to expand the dialogue surrounding the concept. Drawing on empirical research to describe, analyse and reposition the concept of security to have meaning in diverse everyday contexts, this methodological and insightful text will be of particular interest to scholars and students of criminological theory, security studies and sociology.  


individuals communities diverse contemporary society international relations housing security employment security food security personal security risk theory safety measures campus security financial security personal space safe space free speech migration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Helen Forbes-Mewett is Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia.

Bibliographic information


“There is value here for those responsible for establishing and managing security programs in these environments. The book provides plenty of food for thought in both the big and small pictures. … This book provides valuable insight for those wishing to tap into it.” (Glen Kitteringham, Security Management, December 1, 2019)