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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: 0415953685

ISBN-13: 9780415953689

Pub. Date: 10/15/2007

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 of

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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:
9780415953689
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(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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