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There is nothing to fear but fear itself (and terrorists): Public perception, terrorism and the workplace

Howie, Luke (2005) There is nothing to fear but fear itself (and terrorists): Public perception, terrorism and the workplace. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, 28 October 2005, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.

Abstract

Terrorism influences the lives of many Australians. A concept that was once discussed primarily by the academic and intelligence communities now saturates popular culture. Some view this as an odd phenomenon as a significant act of terrorism has never occurred in Australia. The attacks in New York, Bali, Madrid, and London have created a culture of fear in these regions. Australians do not share these feelings as what many believe to be fear is not rationalised in the same way. The likelihood of terrorism in Australia has become secondary to the impact of the threat of terrorism. This is particularly so when attending work. In New York, Madrid and London the employed community were not incidental victims; they were targets by design. In this paper, preliminary results of qualitative research conducted in organisations in inner city Melbourne is presented. I conclude that Australians do not fear terrorism but dread its occurrence. Despite there being no specific terrorist threat to Australia many people perceive a threat that significantly affects their lives especially when at work. These affects include significant discrimination at work, increasing occupational stress and changing organisational culture.

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ID Code: 3493
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: terrorism, perception, work, security, fear, dread
ISBN: 1741071089
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Applied Sociology Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Luke Howie
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:30

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