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Globalization, Fear and Insecurity: The challenges for cities north and south

LSE Cities book launch

Date: Monday 11 February 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Sophie Body-Gendrot
Respondent: Professor Richard Sennett
Chair: Professor Ricky Burdett

This event launches French sociologist Sophie Body-Gendrot's latest book Globalization, Fear and Insecurity: The Challenges for Cities North and South.  Fear has always been present in cities. However, recent events and political and social trends have intensified these insecurities and refocused very diverse anxieties on civic space. The events of 9/11 have served to galvanise the precautionary principle, increasing repression and the number of gated communities worldwide. Body-Gendrot analyses the diverse responses of New York, Paris, London and Mumbai to terrorism, Johannesburg and Sao Paulo to cartels of gangs and British and French cities to persistent civic unrest. 

Sophie Body-Gendrot is a researcher at the French Scientific Research Centre/CESDIP/Ministry of Justice and Emeritus Professor at the University Paris-Sorbonne.

Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology, LSE, and University Professor of the Humanities, New York University. 

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