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The Impact of Various Forms of Insecurity on Personal and Social Well-being

Alan Black.

For most of the second half of the twentieth century there appeared to be a decline in many forms of insecurity in industrialised nations and in some other nations also. The production of food surpluses, the advances in medical technology, the expansion of the welfare state, and the establishment of more cordial relationships between the western world and the former Soviet bloc all appeared to signal a decline in various forms of insecurity. However, in some other respects we are now living in an increasingly insecure world. These insecurities are related not only to international terrorism but also to other social and cultural trends, such as increasing rates of divorce or separation, increasing casualization of work, burgeoning local and global environmental problems, the post-modern turn, and decreasing confidence in various social institutions. This paper examines the contours of such trends and analyses their impact on personal and social well-being.


Alan Black  (Australia)
Professor of Sociology

Edith Cowan University

  • Insecurity
  • Personal well-being
  • Social well-being

(Virtual Presentation, English)