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Community at Risk: Biodefense and the Collective Search for Security

Thomas D. Beamish


The anthrax attacks of 2001 provoked deep concern and urgency among U.S. security elites regarding bioterrorism. Coming after 9/11 and followed by the successive menace of West Nile virus, SARS, avian influenza, and most recently Ebola these events prompted the federal government to pursue an aggressive new biodefense agenda. Even given the purported menace of bio-catastrophe, however, the new federal risk management plans stirred controversy. Community at Risk provides a comparative view of that controversy as it ensued in three communities where universities sought to host and manage Nationa ... More

Keywords: Risk society, risk perception, risk management, civics, civic politics, civic organization, social movements, political culture, political discourse, community studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804784429
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804784429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas D. Beamish, author