Cities Under Siege

Cities Under Siege

The New Military Urbanism

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
CITY & TOWN PLANNING - ARCHITECTURAL ASPECTS. Cities are 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 the spread of political violence through the sites, spaces, infrastructure and symbols of the worlds rapidly expanding metropolitan areas.Drawing on a wealth of original research, Stephen Graham shows how Western militaries and security forces now perceive all urban terrain as a conflict zone inhabited by lurking shadow enemies. Urban inhabitants have become targets that need to be continually tracked, scanned and controlled. Graham examines the transformation of Western armies into high-tech urban counter-insurgency forces. He looks at themilitarization and surveillance of international borders, the use of security concerns to suppress democratic dissent, and the enacting of legislation to suspend civilian law.

Norton Pub
A powerful exposé of how political violence operates through the spaces of urban life.
Cities are 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 the spread of political violence through the sites, spaces, infrastructure and symbols of the world’s rapidly expanding metropolitan areas.

Drawing on a wealth of original research, Stephen Graham shows how Western militaries and security forces now perceive all urban terrain as a conflict zone inhabited by lurking shadow enemies. Urban inhabitants have become targets that need to be continually tracked, scanned and controlled. Graham examines the transformation of Western armies into high-tech urban counter-insurgency forces. He looks at the militarization and surveillance of international borders, the use of ‘security’ concerns to suppress democratic dissent, and the enacting of legislation to suspend civilian law. In doing so, he reveals how the New Military Urbanism permeates the entire fabric of urban life, from subway and transport networks hardwired with high-tech ‘command and control’ systems to the insidious militarization of a popular culture corrupted by the all-pervasive discourse of ‘terrorism.’

Book News
This volume identifies a "new military urbanism" as an emergent paradigmatic shift involving a crossover between military and civilian applications of advanced technology identifiable in both the surveillance and control of everyday life in Western cities and the prosecution of aggressive colonial and resource wars in other parts of the world. The five key features of this new military urbanism are the increasing importance of the city in thinking about war, geopolitics, and security; synergy between foreign and homeland security operations; the growing role and power of emerging industrial-security complexes; the growing importance of urban infrastructure as a target for state and non-state violence; and the increasing militarization of popular, urban, electronic, and media culture. The author conducts a wide-ranging investigation of this new military urbanism, bringing together debates in security studies and international politics on the urbanization of security with critical discussions within urban studies, geography, architecture, anthropology, and cultural studies on the politics of urban life. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 2010. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Traces the spread of political violence into the world's expanding urban areas and discusses how Western security forces now treat urban areas as potential conflict zones.

Publisher: London : Verso, 2011
ISBN: 9781844677627
Characteristics: xxx, 402 p. : ill., maps

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