Cities, War, and Terrorism: Towards an Urban Geopolitics
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
- A path-breaking exploration of the intersections of war, terrorism and cities
- Argues that contemporary cities are the key strategic sites of geopolitical conflict
- Written by the world’s leading analysts of the intersections of urban space and military and terrorist violence
- Draws on cutting-edge research from geography, history, architecture, planning, sociology, critical theory, politics, international relations and military studies
- Provides up-to-date empirical analyses of specific conflicts, including 9/11, the “War on Terrorism”, the Balkan wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and urban antiglobalization battles
- Offers lay readers a sophisticated perspective on the violence that is engulfing our increasingly urbanised world
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.
- A path-breaking exploration of the intersections of war, terrorism and cities.
- Argues that contemporary cities are the key strategic sites of geopolitical conflict.
- Written by the world’s leading analysts of the intersections of urban space and military and terrorist violence.
- Draws on cutting-edge research from geography, history, architecture, planning, sociology, critical theory, politics, international relations and military studies.
- Provides up-to-date empirical analyses of specific conflicts, including 9/11, the “War on Terrorism”, the Balkan wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and urban antiglobalization battles.
- Offers lay readers a sophisticated perspective on the violence that is engulfing our increasingly urbanised world.
"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
"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."
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