Personal Security

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


This chapter presents various notions of personal security. Qualitative survey data from undergraduate university students in Australia indicate that personal security comes in many forms. The data reveal what security means from an individual and personal standpoint and ideas about people’s agency in retaining their personal security. Diverse sources of security depended on individual and social circumstances. Subjective and objective elements of personal security are discussed before presenting five broad aspects including physical security, material and financial security, security relating to social relationships, cultural security and institutional security.


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  • Helen Forbes-Mewett
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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