Behind the Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America
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Behind the Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 23rd 2004 by Routledge (first published April 25th 2003)
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Disappointing -- Low doesn't reveal anything new or interesting about why people choose to live in gated communities.
Another book that should have been left an essay.
Betsy McGee
Ever stop to think about what makes you feel safe and what makes you feel in danger?

This is a fantastic book about the social, economic, and psychological concepts of danger. Low has a wonderful, easy-to-read style that is informative without being condescending (rare in Anthropology books!). By showing and explaining the world within and behind the gates, we can begin to understand why we feel concepts of safety and danger, why we flock to those like us and avoid the "others", and the symbolic...more
This was a painful read. Low's account takes a balanced approach yet, ultimately I have to ask myself "what's the point?." There were some specific things that really bothered me about this book. As this was a few years ago, and I haven't slept much since then, I forget...and I'm not pulling it down from the shelf ever again... unless I need to feed a fire.
Pretty interesting content of the book, interesting to think about. The book had way too much dialogue though for my taste.
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