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Cities under siege (hardcover)
Cities have become the new battleground of our increasingly urban world. From the slums of the global South to the wealthy financial centers of the West, “Cities Under Siege” traces how political violence now operates through the sites, spaces, infrastructures and symbols of the world’s rapidly expanding metropolitan areas. Drawing on a wealth of original research, Stephen Graham shows how Western and Israeli militaries and security forces now perceive all urban terrain as a real or imagined conflict zone inhabited by lurking, shadow enemies, and urban inhabitants as targets that need to be continually tracked, scanned, controlled and targeted. He examines the transformation of Western militaries into high-tech urban counter-insurgency forces, the militarization and surveillance of international borders, the labelling as “terrorist” of democratic dissent and protests, and the enacting of legislation suspending “normal” civilian law. In doing so, he reveals how the New Military Urbanism now permeates the entire fabric of our urban lives, from subway and transport systems hardwired with high-tech “command and control” systems and the infection of civilian policy with all-pervasive “security” discourses; to the pervasive militarization of popular culture.!
Auteur: Graham, Stephen Jaar: 2009 ISBN: 9781844673155 Pagina's: 402 Taal: English Uitgever: Verso Uitgever stad: London