Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State

Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State

by Michael Sorkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415953677

ISBN-13: 9780415953672

Pub. Date: 11/08/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Showing how the upswell of paranoia and growing demand for security in the post-9/11 world has paradoxically created widespread insecurity, these varied essays examine how this anxiety-laden mindset erodes spaces both architectural and personal, encroaching on all aspects of everyday life. Starting from the most literal level—barricades and barriers in front

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Showing how the upswell of paranoia and growing demand for security in the post-9/11 world has paradoxically created widespread insecurity, these varied essays examine how this anxiety-laden mindset erodes spaces both architectural and personal, encroaching on all aspects of everyday life. Starting from the most literal level—barricades and barriers in front of buildings, beefed up border patrols, gated communities, "safe rooms,"—to more abstract levels—enhanced surveillance at public spaces such as airports, increasing worries about contagion, the psychological predilection for fortified space—the contributors cover the full gamut of securitized public life that is defining the zeitgeist of twenty-first century America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415953672
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/08/2007
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Fear Factor   Michael Sorkin     vii
Cities and the 'War on Terror'   Stephen Graham     1
Empire of the Insensate   Steven Flusty     29
Urban Operations and Network Centric Warfare   M. Christine Boyer     51
Planet America: Empire's New Land Crab   Mark L. Gillem     79
Waiting in African Cities   Abdoumaliq Simone     97
Border Tours: Strategies of Surveillance, Tactics of Encroachment   Teddy Cruz     111
Restating the Obvious   Ruth Wilson Gilmore   Craig Gilmore     141
The Threat from Within: Protecting the Indefensible from the Indeterminate   Kathi Holt-Damant     163
Blank Slates and Disaster Zones: The State, September 11, and the Displacement of Chinatown   Laura Y. Liu     177
Back to Zero: Mourning in America   Michael Sorkin     213
The New Emotions of Home: Fear, Insecurity, and Paranoia   Setha M. Low     233
Staged Authenticity Today   Dean MacCannell     259
Architecture Emblematic: Hardened Sites and Softened Symbols   Trevor Boddy     277
Me and My Monkey: What's Hiding in the Security State   Cindi Katz     305
Thanatotactics   Eyal Weizman     325
'The Poor Man's Airforce": A Brief History of the Car Bomb   Mike Davis     351
Contributor Notes     377
Index     385

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