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

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 5:30pm

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? Dr. Harvey Molotch explains how these regimes of command-and-control not only annoy and intimidate but are counterproductive. He 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. 

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Harvey Molotch is a professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at New York University.  He is the author of four books including: Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing; Where Stuff Comes From; and the award-winning Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Subways, Airports, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger. He is also the author of dozens of articles and has won numerous awards. Dr. Molotch earned his Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Chicago.  

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This event is part of our new World Policy Security Series, led by WPI fellow Dr. Jonathan Cristol. These near-monthly roundtables will focus on a wide range of themes in international security and be responsive to events in the news. The private, off-the-record discussions will bring in security experts and analysts from academia, the private sector, and government (U.S. and non-U.S.) for clear, nuanced briefings that take you beyond the jargon and behind the headlines. Seating is limited to ensure access and participation. The initial topics to explore include: the Saudi economy; an increasingly aggressive Russia; the transatlantic relationship; cybersecurity; securing "sites of ambiguous danger"; the future of Turkey; and more.

 

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