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Cities, War, and Terrorism. Towards an Urban Geopolitics. Studies in Urban and Social Change

  • ID: 2250252
  • Book
  • October 2004
  • 412 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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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.



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Stephen Graham
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