Sociologists and the financial crisis - Against security

Are the stringent checks at airports really for our benefit? 'Against Security', a new book by the acclaimed American sociologist, Harvey Molotch, explores the complex systems which are designed to make us feel safe in public places. He tells Laurie Taylor why he thinks that security measures in airports and subways, post 9.11, have damaged the pleasure and dignity of our daily lives. They're joined by the design critic, Stephen Bayley. Also, Sociology's failure to address the financial crisis. The social scientist, Alberto Toscano's paper 'Reformism and Melancholia' argues that the twin spectres of Fordism and Keynesianism have prevented sociologists from imagining a future beyond austerity.

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Alberto Toscano

Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths University 


paper “Reformism and Melancholia: Fordist Ghosts, Keynesian Spectres and Representation of the Crisis”, which was presented at the one day BSA seminar on the financial crisis on  8th October 2012


Fanaticism: On The Uses of an Idea

Publisher: Verso

ISBN-10: 184467424X

ISBN-13: 978-1844674244


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Harvey Molotch

Professor of Sociology, Metropolitan Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University  


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

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN-10: 069115581X

ISBN-13: 978-0691155814


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Stephen Bayley

Designer, Design critic, Cultural Critic and Author 


Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything

Publisher: Goodman Books

ISBN-10: 1847960367

ISBN-13: 978-1847960368


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