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Against Security

How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger - Updated Edition

Against Security by Harvey Molotch
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The inspections we put up with at airport gates and the endless warnings we get at train stations, on buses, and all the rest are the way we encounter the vast apparatus of U.S. security. Like the wars fought in its name, these measures are supposed to make us safer in a post–9/11 world. But do they? Against Security explains how these regimes of command-and-control not only annoy and intimidate but are counterproductive. Sociologist Harvey Molotch takes us through the sites, the gizmos, and the politics to urge greater trust in basic citizen capacities—along with smarter design of public spaces. In a new preface, he discusses abatement of panic and what the NSA leaks reveal about the real holes in our security.

Princeton University Press; August 2014
272 pages; ISBN 9781400852338
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Title: Against Security
Author: Harvey Molotch
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