Handbook of Security

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The fully revised second edition of the Handbook of Security provides the most comprehensive analysis of scholarly security debates and issues to date. Including contributions from some of the world's leading scholars, it explores a range of issues and debates that impact our understanding of how security is provided.

Consisting of over forty chapters, the volume considers an array of topics such as workplace crime, terrorism, organized crime and counterfeiting, and applies ...

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Overview

The fully revised second edition of the Handbook of Security provides the most comprehensive analysis of scholarly security debates and issues to date. Including contributions from some of the world's leading scholars, it explores a range of issues and debates that impact our understanding of how security is provided.

Consisting of over forty chapters, the volume considers an array of topics such as workplace crime, terrorism, organized crime and counterfeiting, and applies discussions of crime and security to a variety of sectors including retail, finance, and tourism. The handbook includes a new section on approaches to researching security through ethnography, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. In later sections, it analyses security products and services such as guards, alarms and CCTV, as well as the management of security where chapters focus on crisis management, partnerships and regulation. The final section critiques security using various approaches including critical security studies, professionalization and ethics.

Informed by disciplines including environmental science, criminology, politics and economics, the Handbook of Security is essential reading for all those engaged with the security world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Martin Gill has fully updated and expanded his hugely successful Handbook of Security. This new edition brings together first-rate scholars to cover the history and nature of security, the nature of different offences and security practices in different sectors, as well as issues of management and regulation. A must-have for anyone working in this field." - Tim Newburban, London School of Economics, UK
 
"In introducing this new edition of his highly successful Handbook, Martin Gill writes that 'studying security is an exciting place to be'. The book's contents amply bear out his view. They show that 'security studies', which was once dominated by security professionals, is now becoming a self-conscious and self-critical academic discipline. The growing importance of Security in everyday life, and its engagement with cybercrime, terrorism and crimes of globalisation, hold much interest for criminologists, political scientists and other students of today's world." - Ronald V Clarke, University Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, USA

"Security as an idea, a concern and a pursuit has dramatically reshaped, and is reshaping, social life everywhere. As it does it is transforming governance, government, and as the authors of this Handbook make clear, scholarship across a wide range of disciplines. This Second Edition of the Handbook of Security is both welcome and timely." - Clifford Shearing, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Griffith University, Australia
 
"The editor, Martin Gill, has done more to advance the science and practice of security than anybody else around. This edited volume reflects his efforts, including detailed thinking and factual information about multiple aspects of the security process. Gill has used his considerable professional networks and knowledge of the field to assemble generalists and specialists and to produce the most thorough array of chapters on security that I have seen so far." Marcus Felson, Texas State University, USA

"The Handbook of Security (2nd edition) is a robust collection of new research on a broad variety of contemporary security topics. I recommend it highly to the researcher, academician, and security professional. It is a well written and superbly presented handbook that will complement the library of those who wish to remain up-to-date on important and practical issues in the rapidly changing subject areas of security." - Richard C. Hollinger, University of Florida, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230006805
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/19/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Gill is Professor of Criminology and Director of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International, UK. He is a Criminologist and Fellow of The Security Institute, a member of the Company of Security Professionals and a Trustee of the ASIS Foundation. In 2010 he was recognised by the BSIA with a special award for 'outstanding service to the security sector' and in 2013 IFSEC placed him in the top twenty most influential fire and security experts in the world. He has published widely including fourteen books.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 A history of security 21
3 The study of national security versus the study of corporate security : what can they learn from each other? 45
4 Engineering principles for security managers 66
5 Contributions of environmental studies to security 90
6 Forensic security and the law 118
7 The study of intelligence and its contributions to security 146
8 Criminology and security 179
9 Employee theft and staff dishonesty 203
10 The extent, nature and responses to workplace violence globally : issues and findings 229
11 Combating white-collar and organized economic crimes : some reflections on the role of security 261
12 Commercial burglary 281
13 Shoptheft 302
14 Terrorism 328
15 Information security 358
16 The security officer 383
17 Store detectives and loss prevention 408
18 Private investigators 423
19 CCTV : is it effective? 438
20 Shrinkage and radio frequency identification (RFID) : prospects, problems and practicalities 462
21 Management 485
22 Risk management 509
23 Disaster and crisis management 532
24 Regulation of private security : models for analysis 563
25 Corporate security : a cost or contributor to the bottom line? 586
26 Trends in the development of security technology 610
27 Theorizing about security 629
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