Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

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.

The full theme issue Contents are:


Chasing Dragons Review & Response

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

A while ago I was asked to review Kyle Grayson’s excellent Chasing Dragons: Security, Identity, and Illicit Drugs for the on-line journal Global Discourse. The journal has recently published the review as part of a forum alongside another review by AndrĂ©s Perezalonso (Newcastle University) and a response from Kyle himself.

You can read the forum here (html) or download my review here (pdf) and Kyle Grayson’s response here (pdf).

For those interested in reading further, google books has a limited preview of Chasing Dragons. You can read Kyle’s blog here.

Update: Urban Securitisation and Climate Change

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Crisis Forum have posted some of the resources from the workshop on climate change and violence held last week (9th October 2009). These resources include (or will include in the near future) videos of most of the presentations as well as power-point slides.

You can find the notes for my presentation at the workshop here. Please note that these are rough notes prepared for speaking at this event. They are not an academic paper. As such they do not include the usual references and acknowledgements that would be expected in an academic paper. If you want further details about the sources referred to in the notes, please contact me.

Cities Under Fire

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The Society for Curious Thought have posted a brief piece of mine entitled Cities Under Fire. You can read it here.

The piece outlines the main topic I will deal with in my next book (also entitled Cities Under Fire and due for publication by Routledge in 2011/12). Briefly these are the organised violences that are arrayed against the contemporary city: urbicide, terrorism, military operations by advanced industrial states. The piece is short and so does not expand on the characteristics of these violences or their impact on urbanity. For more detail and an early formulation of the problematic central to Cites Under Fire see my recent piece in Security Dialogue: ‘Network-Centric Violence, Critical Infrastructure and the Urbanization of Security‘ (Security Dialogue, 40:4-5, pp.399-418)

Urban insecurities

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Security Dialogue have published a very interesting special issue on urban insecurity. You can see the table of contents here.

The special issue includes my essay ‘Network-centric Violence, Critical Infrastructure and the Urbanisation of Security‘. In this piece I discuss the manner in which organised violence such as the American ‘shock and awe‘ assault on Iraq and terrorist targeting of transport infrastructure in New York, Madrid and London are exemplary of the dynamics of what I call the ‘urbanisation of security’. The urbanisation of security comprises a reciprocal dynamic in which security technologies are urbanised (i.e., oriented towards the logics of urban space) and yet at the same time urbanity is securitised (i.e., its spaces are reshaped according to logics of security technologies).

The copyright agreement I had to sign to have this article published prevents me from making the final version of the article available for free on this site (believe me, I wish I could). You can download a final draft of the essay here (pdf). If you have problems obtaining the published version email me and I will send you a pdf if appropriate.