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.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.
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
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Find out more about Alberto Toscano
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
Find out more about Professor Harvey Molotch