Against Security by Harvey Molotch
How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger

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What it does not do...us a thesis, examine that thesis with carefully chosen case studies, and draw conclusions from the evidence presented. This is a good book, and one has the feeling that with another draft or two, it could have been a great one.
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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.

 

About Harvey Molotch

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Harvey Molotch is professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at New York University. He is the author of "Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers, and Many Other Things Come to Be As They Are".
 
Published August 24, 2014 by Princeton University Press. 279 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David E. Spiro on Aug 26 2012

What it does not do...us a thesis, examine that thesis with carefully chosen case studies, and draw conclusions from the evidence presented. This is a good book, and one has the feeling that with another draft or two, it could have been a great one.

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