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

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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 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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405115759
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/20/2004
  • Series: Studies in Urban and Social Change Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Graham is Professor of Human Geography at Durham University. Between 1992 and spring 2004 he was based at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. He is the author of Telecommunications and the City (with Simon Marvin, 1996) and Splintering Urbanism (with Simon Marvin, 2001) and editor of The Cybercities Reader (2003), among other publications.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates.

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Contributors.

Series Editors' Preface.


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

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

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

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

3 Shadow Architectures : War, Memories, and Berlin’sFutures: Simon Guy (University of Newcastle).

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

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

6 Everyday Techniques as Extraordinary Threats: UrbanTechnostructures and Nonplaces in Terrorist Actions: Timothy W.Luke (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University inBlacksburg, 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 PoliticalVolumes: Ariel Sharon and The Geometry of Occupation: Eyal Weizmann(an architect based in Tel Aviv and London).

10 Constructing Urbicide by Bulldozer in the OccupiedTerritories: Stephen Graham.

11 City Streets – The War Zones of Globalisation:Democracy and Military Operations in Urban Terrain in the Early21st Century: Robert Warren (University of Delaware).

12 Continuity and Discontinuity : The Grammar of Urban MilitaryOperations : 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 afterSeptember 11, 2001: Peter Marcuse (Columbia University in New YorkCity).

15 Recasting the ‘Ring of Steel’: Designing OutTerrorism in the City Of London? Jon Coaffee (University ofNewcastle).

16 Technology vs. ‘Terrorism’: Circuits of CitySurveillance Since September 11: David Lyon (Queen’sUniversity, 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.



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