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

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

by Stephen Graham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405115750

ISBN-13: 9781405115759

Pub. Date: 12/20/2004

Publisher: Wiley

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,

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405115759
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/20/2004
Series:
Studies in Urban and Social Change Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

List of Platesxii
List of Figuresxiv
List of Tablesxv
Notes on Contributorsxvi
Series Editors' Prefacexx
Prefacexxi
Introduction: Cities, Warfare, and States of Emergency1
Part ICities, War, and Terrorism in History and Theory
Introduction to Part I27
1Cities as Strategic Sites: Place Annihilation and Urban Geopolitics31
2The City-as-Target, or Perpetuation and Death54
3Shadow Architectures: War, Memories, and Berlin's Futures75
4Another Anxious Urbanism: Simulating Defense and Disaster in Cold War America93
5Living (Occasionally Dying) Together in an Urban World110
6Everyday Technics as Extraordinary Threats: Urban Technostructures and Non-Places in Terrorist Actions120
Part IIUrbicide and the Urbanization of Warfare
Introduction to Part II137
7New Wars of the City: Relationships of "Urbicide" and "Genocide"141
8Urbicide in Bosnia154
9Strategic Points, Flexible Lines, Tense Surfaces, and Political Volumes: Ariel Sharon and the Geometry of Occupation172
10Constructing Urbicide by Bulldozer in the Occupied Territories192
11City Streets - The War Zones of Globalization: Democracy and Military Operations on Urban Terrain in the Early Twenty-First Century214
12Continuity and Discontinuity: The Grammar of Urban Military Operations231
Part IIIExposed Cities: Urban Impacts of Terrorism and the "War on Terror"
Introduction to Part III247
13Urban Warfare: A Tour of the Battlefield251
14The "War on Terrorism" and Life in Cities after September 11, 2001263
15Recasting the "Ring of Steel": Designing Out Terrorism in the City of London?276
16Technology vs. "Terrorism": Circuits of City Surveillance Since September 11, 2001297
17Urban Dimensions of the Punishment of Afghanistan by US Bombs312
Epilogue330
Bibliography335
Index371

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