The Resource Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger, Harvey Molotch ; with a new preface by the author

Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger, Harvey Molotch ; with a new preface by the author

Label
Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger
Title
Against security
Title remainder
how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger
Statement of responsibility
Harvey Molotch ; with a new preface by the author
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Remember when an unattended package was just that, an unattended package? Remember when the airport was a place that evoked magical possibilities, not the anxiety of a full-body scan? In the post-9/11 world, we have become focused on heightened security measures, but do you feel safer? Are you safer? Against Security explains how our anxieties about public safety have translated into command-and-control procedures that annoy, intimidate, and are often counterproductive. Taking readers through varied ambiguously dangerous sites, the prominent urbanist and leading sociologist of the everyday, Harvey Molotch, argues that we can use our existing social relationships to make life safer and more humane. He begins by addressing the misguided strategy of eliminating public restrooms, which deprives us all of a basic resource and denies human dignity to those with no place else to go. Subway security instills fear through programs like "See Something, Say Something" and intrusive searches that have yielded nothing of value. At the airport, the security gate causes crowding and confusion, exhausting the valuable focus of TSA staff. Finally, Molotch shows how defensive sentiments have translated into the vacuous Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site and massive error in New Orleans, both before and after Hurricane Katrina. Throughout, Molotch offers thoughtful ways of maintaining security that are not only strategic but improve the quality of life for everyone. Against Security argues that with changed policies and attitudes, redesigned equipment, and an increased reliance on our human capacity to help one another, we can be safer and maintain the pleasure and dignity of our daily lives.--
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Publisher description
Cataloging source
DKDLA
Dewey number
363.1
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6432
LC item number
.M645 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger, Harvey Molotch ; with a new preface by the author
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [225]-250) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Below the Subway: Taking Care Day In and Day Out
  • with Noah McClain
  • Chapter 4.
  • Wrong-Way Flights: Pushing Humans Away
  • Chapter 5.
  • Forting Up the Skyline: Rebuilding at Ground Zero
  • Chapter 6.
  • Facing Katrina: Illusions of Levee and Compulsion to Build
  • Chapter 7.
  • Conclusion: Radical Ambiguity and the Default to Decency
  • Preface to the Paperback Edition
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1.
  • Introduction: Colors of Security
  • Chapter 2.
  • Bare Life: Restroom Anxiety and the Urge for Control
  • Chapter 3.
Control code
ocn900827256
Edition
Second printing, and first paperback printing, with a new preface by the author
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 260 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400852338
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b30565972
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)900827256
  • pebcs1400852331

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