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Introduction: disasters, housing and actuarialism: and the securitisation of Risk


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Williams, S and Jacobs, K 2011 , 'Introduction: disasters, housing and actuarialism: and the securitisation of Risk' , Housing Studies, vol. 26, no. 2 , pp. 185-195 , doi: 10.1080/02673037.2011.557587.

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Increasingly complex and severe disasters continue to occur, and housing remains a
major part of the infrastructure impacted but is also central to recovery and resilience. This special issue
of Housing Studies brings together papers that consider how disasters and disaster management are
conceived in relation to housing. This introduction sets the scene by drawing upon the work of Beck and
Foucault to show how the governance of risk society is constituted through particular ways of knowing
and not-knowing, the enactment of safety, insecurity and the methods associated with actuarialism.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Williams, S and Jacobs, K
Keywords: Actuarialism, Beck, catastrophe, disaster, Foucault, housing, insurance, risk, social theory
Journal or Publication Title: Housing Studies
ISSN: 0267-3037
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/02673037.2011.557587
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