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Endangered city: the politics of security and risk in Bogotá

Zeiderman, Austin ORCID: 0000-0002-3694-3719 (2016) Endangered city: the politics of security and risk in Bogotá. Global Insecurities. Duke University Press, Durham, NC, USA. ISBN 9780822361626

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Identification Number: 10.1215/9780822374183


Security and risk have become central to how cities are planned, built, governed, and inhabited in the twenty-first century. In Endangered City, Austin Zeiderman focuses on this new political imperative to govern the present in anticipation of future harm. Through ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in Bogotá, Colombia, he examines how state actors work to protect the lives of poor and vulnerable citizens from a range of threats, including environmental hazards and urban violence. By following both the governmental agencies charged with this mandate and the subjects governed by it, Endangered City reveals what happens when logics of endangerment shape the terrain of political engagement between citizens and the state. The self-built settlements of Bogotá’s urban periphery prove a critical site from which to examine the rising effect of security and risk on contemporary cities and urban life.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2016 Duke University Press
Divisions: Geography & Environment
LSE Cities
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 11:37
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 07:36

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