This event launched French sociologist Sophie Body-Gendroit’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 galvanize the precautionary principle, increasing repression and the number of gated communities worldwide. This book analyses the diverse responses of New York, Paris, London and Mumbai to terrorism, Johannesburg and Sao Paolo to cartels of gangs and British and French cities to persistent civic unrest. These responses can be perceived as a sign of hope; despite various constraints, cities’ immense capacity for adaptation and resilience can allow very diverse people to live together with their differences.