skip to content
Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger

Author: Harvey Luskin Molotch
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014] ©2012
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second printing, and first paperback printing, with a new preface by the authorView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
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  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy online

Links to this item

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey Luskin Molotch
ISBN: 9781400852338 1400852331
OCLC Number: 900827256
Awards: Winner of PROSE Awards: Sociology & Social Work 2012.
Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2013.
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 260 pages)
Contents: Preface to the Paperback Edition --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Chapter 1. Introduction: Colors of Security --
Chapter 2. Bare Life: Restroom Anxiety and the Urge for Control --
Chapter 3. 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 --
Notes --
Index
Responsibility: Harvey Molotch ; with a new preface by the author.

Abstract:

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.--

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award in Sociology & Social Work, Association of American Publishers One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013 "Mr. Molotch ... present(s) a vivid picture of the Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/900827256> # Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger
    a schema:MediaObject, schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "900827256" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nju> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/terrorism_prevention_government_policy_united_states> ; # Terrorism--Prevention--Government policy--United States
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/terrorism_prevention_government_policy> ; # Terrorism--Prevention--Government policy
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Place/united_states> ; # United States.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/electronic_books> ; # Electronic books
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/national_security> ; # National security
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/transportation_security_measures_united_states> ; # Transportation--Security measures--United States
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/transportation_security_measures> ; # Transportation--Security measures
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/national_security_united_states> ; # National security--United States
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/363.1/> ;
   schema:author <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Person/molotch_harvey_luskin> ; # Harvey Luskin Molotch
   schema:bookEdition "Second printing, and first paperback printing, with a new preface by the author." ;
   schema:bookFormat schema:EBook ;
   schema:copyrightYear "2012" ;
   schema:datePublished "2014" ;
   schema:description "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.--"@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/1101572037> ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:name "Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger"@en ;
   schema:productID "900827256" ;
   schema:url <http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/j.ctt13x16d4> ;
   schema:url <http://site.ebrary.com/id/10882619> ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781400852338> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/900827256> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Person/molotch_harvey_luskin> # Harvey Luskin Molotch
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Molotch" ;
   schema:givenName "Harvey Luskin" ;
   schema:name "Harvey Luskin Molotch" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/national_security_united_states> # National security--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "National security--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/terrorism_prevention_government_policy> # Terrorism--Prevention--Government policy
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Terrorism--Prevention--Government policy"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/terrorism_prevention_government_policy_united_states> # Terrorism--Prevention--Government policy--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Terrorism--Prevention--Government policy--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/transportation_security_measures> # Transportation--Security measures
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Transportation--Security measures"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1101572037#Topic/transportation_security_measures_united_states> # Transportation--Security measures--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Transportation--Security measures--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781400852338>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "1400852331" ;
   schema:isbn "9781400852338" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/900827256>
    a genont:InformationResource, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource ;
   schema:about <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/900827256> ; # Against security : how we go wrong at airports, subways, and other sites of ambiguous danger
   schema:dateModified "2017-04-02" ;
   void:inDataset <http://purl.oclc.org/dataset/WorldCat> ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.