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Different cultures react differently to security and risk. Take for example the French and the Americans: one reluctant and secretive and the other anxious and xenophobic.
From Urban Age’s Civilizing Security in New York:
What distinguishes New York and Paris?
1. Different national rhetoric
French Approach: “enlightened catastrophism” (Jean-Pierre Dupuy)
• Reluctance to overreact and to create “moral panics”.
• Culture of secrecy among high-ranking French bureaucrats.
• French state: pivotal role in the production of social trust and solidarity.
American Approach: anxiety without an object (Habermas)
• A discourse of “war”.
• A state of constant citizen alert and anxiety.
• The construction of referents of otherness, the alien, dirty and subversive.
–Civilizing Security in New York: A View from Europe, Sophie Body-Gendrot
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