What comes to people’s minds when they think of security? Is there a relationship between global security threats and local, everyday events that influence our feeling of security? Drawing from telephone interviews of 1’000 Swiss citizens, this work attempts to provide a missing link between the spheres of personal and public security. Based on empirical data and using quantitative statistical methods such as correspondence analysis and logistic regression, security is conceived through the statements of common citizens. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of the different notions of security in contemporary Switzerland.
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 364 pp., 28 ill., 40 tables
Contents: Security - a signifier with many significations – Personal security - psychological approaches – Conceptualizing
security from the perspective of values – The research question – Method – Results – The relationship between self-efficacy
and predictions of future value importance – What do Swiss citizens associate with security?