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- DescriptionFocusing on the South African city of Durban, Security in the Bubble looks at spatialized security practices, engaging with strategies and dilemmas of urban security governance in cities around the world. While apartheid was spatial governance at its most brutal, postapartheid South African cities have tried to reinvent space, using it as a positive technique of governance.Christine Hentschel traces the contours of two emerging urban regimes of governing security in contemporary Durban: handsome space and instant space. Handsome space is about aesthetic and affective communication as means to making places safe. Instant space, on the other hand, addresses the crime-related personal navigation systems employed by urban residents whenever they circulate through the city. While handsome space embraces the powers of attraction, instant space operates through the powers of fleeing. In both regimes, security is conceived t as a public good but as a situational experience that can.No longer reducible to the after-pains of racial apartheid, this city s fragmentation is w better conceptualized, according to Hentschel, as a heterogeneous ensemble of bubbles of imagined safety.
- Author BiographyChristine Hentschel is visiting professor at the Institute for Criminological Research at Hamburg University and is affiliated with the Institute of Urban Sociology at Humboldt University Berlin.
- Author(s)Christine Hentschel
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2015
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleGlobalization and Community
- Place of PublicationMinnesota
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight272 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
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