- Not to be confused with the concept of Social security
Societal security is a concept developed by the Copenhagen School of security studies that refers to 'the ability of a society to persist in its essential character under changing conditions and possibible or actual threats'.
The concept of societal security developed by the Copenhagen School has been subject to several academic criticisms. Theiler argues that when discussing societal security there is a tendency to reify societies as independent social agents. Theiler also states that a too vague definition of identity is deployed when discussing the concept and there is a failure to 'demonstrate sufficiently that social security matters to individuals'.
- Waever, Ole, (1993) Identity, Migration and the New Security Agenda in Europe p23
- Theiler, T. (2003), Societal security and social psychology, Review of International Studies (2003), 29 : pp 249-268
- McSweeney, Bill, (1996), Identity and Security: Buzan and the Copenhagen School, Review of International Studies, 22, 81-96