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Spaces of SecurityEthnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance, and Control$
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Setha Low and Mark Maguire

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479863013

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479863013.001.0001

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Domesticating Security

Domesticating Security

Gated Communities and Cooperative Apartment Buildings in New York City and Long Island, New York

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(p.141) 6 Domesticating Security
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Spaces of Security
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Setha Low

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479863013.003.0007

The impact of the U.S. security concerns is not only seen in political and spatial restrictions on public space or inscribed in militarized borders, but also in the increasing penetration of the private realm of home. This domestication of security concerns through the architecture, urban design and management of private residential communities addresses homeowners’ sense of social and financial insecurity through socioeconomic segregation, controlled physical environments and racist discourses. These securitization practices, the securityscapes that are a result of architectural and social infrastructures and how they work can be uncovered through an ethnographic analysis of housing regimes and the affective, discursive and bodily practices that make up and regulate home life.

Keywords:   Gated communities, Coops, Securitization, Securityscape, Fear, Insecurity, Architecture, Housing

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