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Harvey Molotch
Harvey Molotch
Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, NYU
Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger
Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger
Ever wonder why security at the TSA takes forever? Large organizations translate danger into rules, practices, and artifacts (think security gates) that simply bring about inconvenience and misery in everyday life. In his talk, Professor Molotch will "tour" known sites and familiar places -- including public restrooms, the post 9-11 New York subway system, and the Rebuild Site at Ground Zero -- to show just how this all happens, and what we can do about it.
Turnmill (Age 21+)
119 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016, USA
Bio
Harvey Molotch is the winner of the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Urban and Community Studies, and researches issues of city growth and urban security, as well as news media and neighborhood racial integration. He investigates physical things like cities and ordinary artifacts, such as toilets, and how they connect to politics and economies. His books have won many important awards, and his newest is entitled Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger. Before coming to NYU, Molotch was Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Chair of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.