9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN08 Disaster and Social Crisis

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Perceptions of Risk and Security Building AA, AA.226

The implementation of new security technologies: the Spanish case

The current processes of globalization come characterized by the emergence of new global risks and uncertainties; we live in what Ulrich Beck called the "Risk Society ". In it, one of the principal worries is the collective safety, as we can easily see in the media repercussion or in the presence in studies of opinion that issues as the terrorism or the organized delinquency have in our societies.
Opposite to these threats, which cannot be tackled by the States unilaterally, the European Union tries to implement new technologies and developments in safety matters, but to get this done, it is necessary to know the public perception of them and, especially, the dilemma between safety and privacy. We will focus in the Spanish case, which turns out to be specially relevant for as Spain has coexisted with the ETA terrorism during decades. Furthermore, it has suffered the major fundamentalist attack among the countries of the Union.