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Special Issue: Security and the Politics of Resilience

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Politics has just published a Special Issue on ‘Security and the Politics of Resilience’. The Special Issue is edited by James Brassett, Stuart Croft, and Nick Vaughan-Williams (Warwick University) and focuses on the nature and complexities of the concept of resilience. In recent years the concept of resilience has come to frame security discourses particularly – though not exclusively – in the UK context. Taken as whole, the volume focuses on the politics of resilience in diverse empirical settings and addresses questions such as: How we should understand resilience? What is stake in the rise of resilience? Who benefits from resilience and what are the political effects of its societal cultivation? The collection features an agenda for resilience research in Politics and International Relations, covering issues as diverse as cyber-security, international state-building, and the 2011 UK riots. Additionally, the Special Issue features an interview with leading resilience practitioner Helen Braithwaite OBE, head of the resilience and emergencies division of the UK government’s Department of Communities and Local Government. The volume will be free to access until February 2014 and can be accessed via this link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ponl.2013.33.issue-4/issuetoc.

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Between us in the City

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The latest issue of Environment and Planning D has a special theme issue: Citizenship Without Community edited by Angharad Closs Stephens and Vicky Squire. It’s a great issue with essays by Etienne Balibar, Engin Isin and Cindy Weber amongst others.

I have an essay in this issue on materiality, subjectivity, and community in the era of global urbanization. Essentially it’s about the need to think about buildings as that which are ‘between us’ in the city and thus about the need to take the material fabric of the city seriously if were are to think about community (and it’s implied shadow ‘citizenship’). It is largely a contestation of the usual ideas of community and citizenship that see these as abstract binds (mental, legal, human) between individuals regardless of context. The piece is available here, email me if you don’t have access behind the pay-wall and I will send you whatever the license allows.

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Reading Peter Adey’s Aerial Life

Friday, November 25th, 2011

 

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Just over a year ago, I was invited to comment on Peter Adey’s book Aerial Life for an ‘author meets critics’ panel at the at the RGS-IBG conference. It was a real pleasure to be afforded the opportunity/excuse to read and comment on Aerial Life. The book itself is a fascinating and challenging examination of the manner in which life becomes ‘aerial’. It examines not so much what it means to be ‘in-the-air’ but the condition of being ‘air-minded’. It is less about pilots and passengers – though these make numerous appearances – than the manner in which air power ‘condition’s’ the life of those on the ground. This ‘air conditioning’ is exmplfied in excellent discussions of air power in the Gaza Strip, Malayan Insurgency and London Blitz. The concentration on the affective dimension of biopolitics is a welcome addition to the literature on the production of forms of life. My commentary, along with several others, have just been published in Political Geography. If you have an interest in vertical geographies or the biopolitics of air power I strongly recommend taking a look here.

Urbicide reviewed

Monday, October 18th, 2010

coward_urbicideMy book Urbicide: The Politics of Urban Destruction is reviewed in the latest issue of Global Discourse I have supplied a introduction outlining the basic argument of Urbicide as well as a response to the reviewers.

You can find my introduction, the reviews and my response, here: http://global-discourse.com/contents/urbicide-by-martin-coward/

As with all research, the monograph represents a snapshot of thought about this variety of urban violence, rather than the last word on it. Reflecting on that snapshot, I think there is much I still agree with, but there are also things I would change. This has thus been a valuable opportunity to reflect on my argument about the widespread and deliberate destruction of urban fabric and to highlight what I think its key contributions are as well as to ponder some of its limitations.

My thanks to the reviewers for their thoughts as well as to the editors of Global Discourse for both the original invitation and their work compiling and publishing the review section.

Urbicide in Paperback

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

My book Urbicide: The Politics of Urban Destruction is now available in paperback.

It can be ordered from the Routledge website: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415573566/. At the moment it costs £23.50/$39.95 and they are offering free delivery for orders over £20/$35.

Click on the book cover on the right to see contents and read an extract

Urbicide is the first book length discussion of the deliberate destruction of cities. I examine the ‘killing of cities’ in cases such as the 1992-95 Bosnian war, the Russian Chechen Campaigns, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. I outline a theoretical understanding of what is achieved in such destruction.

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