Cities, War, and Terrorism: Towards an Urban Geopolitics / Edition 1

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Overview

Cities, War, and Terrorism 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. The book brings together new writing by the world's leading analysts of urban space and military and terrorist violence from the fields of geography, architecture, planning, sociology, critical theory, politics, international relations, and military studies. Arguing that urban spaces are now the critical, strategic sites of geopolitical struggle, the contributors combine cutting-edge theoretical reflections with path-breaking empirical case studies. They provide up-to-date analyses of a range of specific urban sites, including those involved in the Cold War, the Balkan wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 9/11 attacks, the "War on Terror" attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, and urban anti-globalization battles. Taken as a whole, the book offers both specialist and non-specialist readers a sophisticated perspective on the violence that is engulfing our increasingly urbanized world.
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"This is a brilliant, disturbing book. Modern cities have often been seen as places of extraordinary creativity and creative destruction, but for this very reason they are also often sites of spectacular military and paramilitary violence. These essays unsettle 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 that should be confronted by anyone concerned at the intimacy of the connections between cities, war and terrorism." Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia

"Cities, War and Terrorism is a rare accomplishment. Bringing together a truly interdisciplinary group of authors, it provides the first, original investigation of the urbanisation of modern conflict. In their plural ways and myriad sites, the essays in this book investigate the changing nature of the contemporary battlespace and the implosion of distinctions between inside and outside, civilian and military. Together, they mark the beginning of a new and vital field of analysis – an urban geopolitics – that must concern us all." David Campbell, University of Durham

"Acts of war and terror against cities and their inhabitants (both anti-state and state sanctioned) are saturating our contemporary world. Yet urban researchers are in denial of this starkest of contemporary urban realities. Graham brings together the renegade thinkers and researchers who are tracking the ways in which global geopolitics is imploding into the urban world. Cities, War and Terrorism is a stunningly successful synthesis of the subtle interpenetration of global geopolitics and the micro-politics of cities and neighborhoods. It marks the beginning of a new and crucial research domain: that of urban geopolitics. This book must, and will, change the way urban researchers and planners think about and explore city regions. It helps to make sense of the ways in which the historic functions of cities and nation states (social welfare, education, health, planning) are being overwhelmed by the imperative of 'security' and the politics of fear. Purposely provocative and deeply disturbing." Leonie Sandercock, University of British Columbia

"Graham’s anger at the appropriation of the events of 9/11, 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 between geopolitical forces and those resilient urban lives."
Totalitarian Movements and Political Religion, Volume 7 Issue 4 (December 2006)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : cities, warfare, and states of emergency 1
1 Cities as strategic sites : place annihilation and urban geopolitics 31
2 The city-as-target, or perpetuation and death 54
3 Shadow architectures : war, memories, and Berlin's futures 75
4 Another anxious urbanism : simulating defense and disaster in Cold War America 93
5 Living (occasionally dying) together in an urban world 110
6 Everyday technics as extraordinary threats : urban technostructures and non-places in terrorist actions 120
7 New wars of the city : relationships of "urbicide" and "genocide" 141
8 Urbicide in Bosnia 154
9 Strategic points, flexible lines, tense surfaces, and political volumes : Ariel Sharon and the geometry of occupation 172
10 Constructing urbicide by bulldozer in the occupied territories 192
11 City streets - the war zones of globalization : democracy and military operations on urban terrain in the early twenty-first century 214
12 Continuity and discontinuity : the grammar of urban military operations 231
13 Urban warfare : a tour of the battlefield 251
14 The "war on terrorism" and life in cities after September 11, 2001 263
15 Recasting the "ring of steel" : designing out terrorism in the city of London? 276
16 Technology vs. "terrorism" : circuits of city surveillance since September 11, 2001 297
17 Urban dimensions of the punishment of Afghanistan by US bombs 312
Epilogue 330
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