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Security Stuff (21 Jan 2004)
Harvey Molotch, Professor Sociology at New York University, is interested in stuff. He believes the artefacts of a society, their purpose and design, say much about that society’s values and power structures.

Take current security control systems at American airports. Why, Harvey wonders, has so little thought gone into the design of airport security paraphernalia? Why does the process have to be so inhuman and the staff so unhelpful? How does this lack of care affect the goal of security itself?
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