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Cities, War, and Terrorism : Towards an Urban Geopolitics - Stephen Graham

Cities, War, and Terrorism

Towards an Urban Geopolitics


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<i>Cities, War and Terrorism</i> is the first book to look critically at the ways in which warfare, terrorism and counter-terrorism policies intersect in cities in the post Cold-War period.</p> <ul> <li>A path-breaking exploration of the intersections of war, terrorism and cities</li> <li>Argues that contemporary cities are the key strategic sites of geopolitical conflict</li> <li>Written by the world&rsquo;s leading analysts of the intersections of urban space and military and terrorist violence</li> <li>Draws on cutting-edge research from geography, history, architecture, planning, sociology, critical theory, politics, international relations and military studies</li> <li>Provides up-to-date empirical analyses of specific conflicts, including 9/11, the &ldquo;War on Terrorism&rdquo;, the Balkan wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and urban antiglobalization battles</li> <li>Offers lay readers a sophisticated perspective on the violence that is engulfing our increasingly urbanised world</li> </ul>

"This is a brilliant, disturbing book. Modern cities have oftenbeen seen as places of extraordinary creativity and creativedestruction, but for this very reason they are also often sites ofspectacular military and paramilitary violence. These essaysunsettle so many taken-for-granted ways of thinking about cities.Their authors crouch and scurry along streets that, for too long, have seemed opaque to our political and intellectual imaginations.There is a tremendous power and urgency to their arguments thatshould be confronted by anyone concerned at the intimacy of theconnections between cities, war and terrorism." Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia

"Cities, War and Terrorism is a rare accomplishment. Bringingtogether a truly interdisciplinary group of authors, it providesthe first, original investigation of the urbanisation of modernconflict. In their plural ways and myriad sites, the essays in thisbook investigate the changing nature of the contemporarybattlespace and the implosion of distinctions between inside andoutside, civilian and military. Together, they mark the beginningof a new and vital field of analysis - an urban geopolitics- that must concern us all." David Campbell, University ofDurham

"Acts of war and terror against cities and their inhabitants(both anti-state and state sanctioned) are saturating ourcontemporary world. Yet urban researchers are in denial of thisstarkest of contemporary urban realities. Graham brings togetherthe renegade thinkers and researchers who are tracking the ways inwhich global geopolitics is imploding into the urban world. Cities, War and Terrorism is a stunningly successful synthesis of thesubtle interpenetration of global geopolitics and themicro-politics of cities and neighborhoods. It marks the beginningof a new and crucial research domain: that of urban geopolitics.This book must, and will, change the way urban researchers andplanners think about and explore city regions. It helps to makesense of the ways in which the historic functions of cities andnation states (social welfare, education, health, planning) arebeing overwhelmed by the imperative of 'security' and the politicsof fear. Purposely provocative and deeply disturbing." LeonieSandercock, University of British Columbia

"Graham's anger at the appropriation of the events of9/11, simmering beneath the surface of his general introduction, contributes to a strong sense of editorial passion and involvement.This volume provides a fascinating, and immensely broad-ranging, call to understand the complex inter-relationships betweengeopolitical forces and those resilient urban lives."
Totalitarian Movements and Political Religion, Volume 7 Issue 4(December 2006)

List of Plates.

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Contributors.

Series Editors' Preface.


Introduction: Cities, Warfare, and States of Emergency: Stephen Graham (University of Durham).

Part I: Cities, War and Terrorism in History and Theory.

1 Cities as Strategic Sites : Place Annihilation and Urban Geopolitics: Stephen Graham (University of Durham).

2 The City-as-Target, or Perpetuation and Death: Ryan Bishop and Gregory Clancey (National University of Singapore; National University of Singapore).

3 Shadow Architectures : War, Memories, and Berlin?s Futures: Simon Guy (University of Newcastle).

4 Another Anxious Urbanism: Simulating Defence and Disaster in Cold War America: Matthew Farish (University of Toronto).

5 Living (Occasionally Dying) Together in an Urban World: Zygmunt Bauman (University of Leeds and the University of Warsaw).

6 Everyday Techniques as Extraordinary Threats: Urban Technostructures and Nonplaces in Terrorist Actions: Timothy W. Luke (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia).

Part II: Urbicide and the Urbanization of Warfare.

7 New Wars of the City : Relationships of 'Urbicide' and 'Genocide': Martin Shaw (University of Sussex).

8 Urbicide in Bosnia: Martin Coward (University of Sussex).

9 Strategic Points, Flexible Lines, Tense Surfaces and Political Volumes: Ariel Sharon and The Geometry of Occupation: Eyal Weizmann (an architect based in Tel Aviv and London).

10 Constructing Urbicide by Bulldozer in the Occupied Territories: Stephen Graham.

11 City Streets ? The War Zones of Globalisation: Democracy and Military Operations in Urban Terrain in the Early 21st Century: Robert Warren (University of Delaware).

12 Continuity and Discontinuity : The Grammar of Urban Military Operations : Alice Hills (King?s College, London).

Part III: Exposed Cities : Urban Impacts of Terrorism and the ?War on Terror?.

13 Urban Warfare: A Tour of the Battlefield: Michael Sorkin (CCNY).

14 The ?War on Terrorism? and Life in Cities after September 11, 2001: Peter Marcuse (Columbia University in New York City).

15 Recasting the ?Ring of Steel?: Designing Out Terrorism in the City Of London? Jon Coaffee (University of Newcastle).

16 Technology vs. ?Terrorism?: Circuits of City Surveillance Since September 11: David Lyon (Queen?s University, Kingston, Ontario).

17 Urban Dimensions of the Punishment of Afghanistan by U.S. Bombs: Marc W. Herold (University of New Hampshire in Durham).

Epilogue: Stephen Graham.



ISBN: 9781405115759
ISBN-10: 1405115750
Series: Studies in Urban and Social Change
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 10th December 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 16.51  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1