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

3.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 30th 2004 by Routledge (first published April 25th 2003)
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Feb 01, 2008 Athena rated it it was ok
Disappointing -- Low doesn't reveal anything new or interesting about why people choose to live in gated communities.
Apr 24, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok
Another book that should have been left an essay.
Lauren DeLong
Apr 30, 2015 Lauren DeLong rated it really liked it
Fascinating, balanced analysis of gated communities and how they're used throughout the world. Some information is of course now dated, but the motivations behind gating yourself off from the rest of society are unlikely to change any time soon. Well worth the read for any urban planner or anyone with a passing interest in it, especially as concerns American suburbia.
Betsy McGee
Mar 31, 2012 Betsy McGee rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2007 Michael rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 09, 2010 Conner rated it liked it
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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