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Global Insecurities

Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá

By
Austin Zeiderman
Austin Zeiderman

Austin Zeiderman is an anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7418-3
Publication date:
2016
Book Chapter

Coda

Published:
May 2016

The coda offers a provisional response the question posed by the conclusion by reflecting on the surge of urban climate change politics in Bogotá in the time since the research for the book was conducted. In some ways this recent development represents an expansion of established approaches to governing risk and security, only now under a different name, suggesting that what the book has called the endangered city may remain a condition of urban government, politics, and everyday life for the foreseeable future. However, if the world has indeed entered a new historical age, as scientists, philosophers, and social theorists are claiming, in which the ecological impact of humans is now felt on a planetary scale, then what we find in Bogotá may also point to the possibility that new urban visions may emerge from within the politics of the Anthropocene.

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