By Katsuhisa Furukawa, James Revill, Malcolm Dando, Koos van der Bruggen, David B. Sawaya, Benjamin Rusek, Flippa Lentzos, Jonathan B. Tucker, Brian Rappert, Chandr Gould
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This is not new per se, anxiety over the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and terrorism clearly predate 9/11. For example, concerns were heightened in the mid-1990s by the development and use of chemical weapons and the attempted development and use of biological weapons3 by the cult Aum Shinrikyo (see the chapter by Furukawa). If Aum can be seen as generating greater consideration of some form of new terrorist threat, then the events of September 11 and the subsequent anthrax letter attacks have starkly elevated concerns over the threat of terrorism, particularly in the US.
5 Problematisation is a term that suggests a particular way of analysing an event or situation: not as a given but as a question. As Michel Foucault writes, ‘a problematisation does not mean the representation of a preexistent object nor the creation through discourse of an object that did not exist. It is the ensemble of discursive and non-discursive practices that make something enter into the play of true and false and constitute it as an object of thought (whether in the form of moral reﬂection, scientiﬁc knowledge, political analysis, etc’ (1994: 670).
Biosecurity: Origins, Transformations and Practices by Katsuhisa Furukawa, James Revill, Malcolm Dando, Koos van der Bruggen, David B. Sawaya, Benjamin Rusek, Flippa Lentzos, Jonathan B. Tucker, Brian Rappert, Chandr Gould