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Managing social unrest through risk: the securitization of temporary events
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Risk and Crisis Research Centre)
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In order to maintain systematic preparedness and planning in case of extraordinary events, municipalities in Sweden are required by law to carry out risk and vulnerability analyses within their jurisdiction. Lately an increasing number of municipalities have begun to include the notion of social unrest in their local analyses. Hence, social unrest is placed at the same ontological level as for example natural and manmade disasters, pandemics and climate change. Representing an essentially interactional constructed phenomenon like social unrest as an objective social arrangement with an independent existence will inevitably affect the way social unrest is understood and thereby handled. Put differently, social unrest is thereby managed as a risk phenomenon which consequently legitimizes specific measures to reduce the potential threat of societal disorder. This managemental maneuver influence what is perceived as social unrest, hence interactional phenomena far from social unrest is managed as social unrest. Temporary groups and events like sport events, festivals, political conventions and block parties are negatively seen as arenas of imminent violence. People are advised to avoid large groups of people like demonstrations and similar kinds of collective manifestations, the long term risk being societal fear replacing social cohesion.

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2014.
Keyword [en]
preparedness, risk- and vulnerability analyses, social unrest, technology of risk, ontology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-23368DiVA: diva2:761473
Conference
Åre Risk Event, Åre, Sweden, 2014
Available from: 2014-11-06 Created: 2014-11-06 Last updated: 2014-12-03Bibliographically approved

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