Under Construction (Paperback)Kerry B. Fosher (author)
Paperback 288 Pages
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, security became the paramount concern of virtually everyone involved in governing the United States. While the public's most enduring memories of that time involve the actions of the Bush administration or Congress, the day-to-day reality of homeland security was worked out at the local level. Kerry B. Fosher, having begun an anthropological study of counterterrorism in Boston a few months prior to the attacks, thus found herself in a unique position to observe the formation of an immensely important area of government practice."Under Construction" goes behind the headlines and beyond official policy to describe the human activities, emotions, relationships, and decisions that shaped the way most Americans experienced homeland security. Fosher's two years of fieldwork focused on how responders and planners actually worked, illuminating the unofficial strategies that allowed them to resolve conflicts and get things done in the absence of a functioning bureaucracy. Given her unprecedented access, Fosher's account is an exceptional opportunity to see how seemingly monolithic institutions are constructed, maintained, and potentially transformed by a community of people.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 mm
"Under Construction is extraordinarily well written, original, timely, and its subject matter is extremely important. Fosher's demonstration of the usefulness of an ethnographic approach to the topic is truly valuable - practitioners, planners, and policy makers especially need to read this book." - Anna Simons, author of The Company They Keep: Life Inside the U.S. Army Special Forces"
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