Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism

Cities Under Siege The New Military Urbanism 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 viole

  • Title: Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism
  • Author: Stephen Graham
  • ISBN: 9781844673155
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 showsCities 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.

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    1. Stephen Graham is an academic and author who researches cities and urban life He is Professor of Cities and Society at the Global Urban Research Unit and is based in Newcastle University s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Professor Graham has a background in Geography, Planning and the Sociology of Technology His research centres, in particular, on relations between cities, technology and infrastructure urban aspects of surveillance the mediation of urban life by digital technologies and connections between security, militarisation and urban life.Writing, publishing and lecturing across many countries and a variety of disciplines, Professor Graham has been Visiting Professor at MIT and NYU, amongst other institutions The author, editor or co author of seven major books, his work has been translated into eleven languages

    2. The first 9 chapters are pretty excellent at detailing out the whole mess of militarisation and greater "security" and control, importantly covering cities outside the US and Europe, although maybe not enough and focusing almost entirely on those explicitly involved in wars. My problems with the first 9 chapters are that the theory is not very well connected to the actual events. He quotes a lot of people who all use very different vocabulary to talk about the same things. Some of it is, quite f [...]

    3. It took far too long, but I finally got around to reading Stephen Graham's Cities Under Siege. In the end, I'm not entirely sure it was worth it.Graham's book is sweeping in its generalizations, its implications, and its conclusions. It broadly traces the rise of the city in military and popular conception as a hotbed of vice and perversion, as a target for military operations, and as an increasingly oppressed environment for its citizens. Cities Under Siege is split into sections covering such [...]

    4. كتاب جذبني عنوانه ، وانتهزت الفرصة لكي أقرأه لعله أجد فيه ضالتي ، ولكن أعتقد أن المؤلف أصرف كثيرًا في الكلام رغم شحّ معلوماته ، ولم يعجبني خروجه في أحيان عديدة عن الموضوع الأساسي للكتاب وتطرقه إلى أحداث لا تمت إلى الموضوع بصله .باختصار هذا الكتاب لم يشبع فضولي حول كارثة العرا [...]

    5. Massive in scope, impossibly frightening in its implicationsd yet the seeds of resistance are here as well. From Iraq to NY, Gaza to London, this book looks at how war in all of its manifestations is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life through technology, rhetoric, policing and private security, advertising and still more. It ties this to the deeply inculcated binary of 'us' vs 'them' and increasing militarization of borders not only between countries, but within them in the separation [...]

    6. The New Military Urbanism is the subtitle of the latest work of Stephen Graham and if anyone has read Mike Davis, in particular Planet of Slums, then this is the perfect follow up. Urbanism, is the study of the developing urban space and militarism is the development of the what else – the military, so the subtitle expresses exactly what the book is about. While, the title is set to draw your attention and also underline the hypothesis that the author is presenting.In this case, Stephen Graham [...]

    7. The scope of this book may in fact be too vast for many readers -- the information, observations, research, and studied opinions compiled here require slow and incremental examination.As the world population concentrates rapidly into urban areas, there are corresponding escalations in how military doctrine and war planning incorporates urban zones, in both the "first" and "third" worlds. Involved in this are perceptions, some of them quite historic, about what cities are, and to do about the poo [...]

    8. I sometimes suspect that academics like Stephen Graham get paid by word or the number of references they are able to stuff into a book. Graham seems to actually have references the entire field of authors who ever commented anything on this subject. Which means the book is flooding with catchphrases, redundant quotes and tiring academic creditations. Sorry for ranting but this was such a major disturbance and makes me believe his project less. The last chapter was so weak and forcedly "Activism [...]

    9. This is pretty much my ideal non-fiction book. Graham has a solid thesis he's investigating; the militarization of urban life, and he pulls in lots of stories from all over the Earth in order to show what militarization looks in different contexts. Graham is more than a little angry, and he's calm enough to express his point very well also.It's a very well-measured read through how cities are being reconstructed. He borrows a lot from Der Derian, Eyal Weziman, and Derek Gregory. In fact, my main [...]

    10. An engaging discussion of the shift towards urban militarism in several fields. This was a very interesting read once you cut through a lot of the superfluities used which made this a lot more tedious at times than it needed to be. I would recommend this to anyone interested in urban geography or contemporary military issues but be wary that this is an overly academic work and not one for an easy read.

    11. This is one of the cleverest books I have read in a long time. I'll let the words of Mike Davis suffice here: "Roll over Jane Jacobs: here's urban geography as it through the eye of a Predator at 25,000 feet. A fundamental and very scary report from the global red zone." That sums up this book better than I ever could. If you want to read one important book to understand the contemporary world, this is it.

    12. Heard the author interviewed on the BBC programme/podcast "Thinking Allowed". Available for streaming here: Military Futurism.

    13. A frightening look at how our population centers are controlled force and increased militarization of police forces

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