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Community at RiskBiodefense and the Collective Search for Security$
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Thomas D. Beamish

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784429

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784429.001.0001

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Risk Communication, Local Civics, and Discourse

Risk Communication, Local Civics, and Discourse

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(p.64) Chapter 2 Risk Communication, Local Civics, and Discourse
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Community at Risk
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Thomas D. Beamish

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804784429.003.0002

Chapter 2 sets up the analysis pursued in subsequent chapters. It does so through a focus on the “risk communication” strategies deployed by local universities that sought to secure funding and support for their bids for an NBL. It was in those strategies that the local civic dialogue began in each civic and community context. It is in part the great similarity in risk communication strategies, coupled with variable local response, that makes comparing them so informative. Chapter 2 provides an important justification for the book’s comparative argument: that variation at the community level was mostly a function of local civic dynamics, not distinctive university risk communication strategies. In the context of established civics and discourse, even an issue like biodefense, while “new,” was locally understood via events, experiences, and beliefs that were a priori to it, requiring an analysis of such civic dimensions to apprehend and explain local response.

Keywords:   Risk management, risk communication, policy implementation, social trust, institutional recreancy/legitimacy, community studies, civic politics

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