Wounded Cities Destruction and Reconstruction in a Globalized World

ISBN-10: 1859736882
ISBN-13: 9781859736883
Edition: 2003
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Description: Although the seemingly apocalyptic scale of the World Trade Center disaster continues to haunt people across the globe, it is only the most recent example of a city tragically wounded. Cities are, in fact, perpetually caught up in cycles of  More...

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List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

Although the seemingly apocalyptic scale of the World Trade Center disaster continues to haunt people across the globe, it is only the most recent example of a city tragically wounded. Cities are, in fact, perpetually caught up in cycles of degeneration and renewal. As with the WTC, from time to time these cycles are severely ruptured by a sudden, unpredictable event. In the wake of recent terrorist activities, this timely book explores how urban populations are affected by ‘wounds’ inflicted through violence, civil wars, overbuilding, drug trafficking, and the collapse of infrastructures, as well as ‘natural’ disasters such as earthquakes. Mexico City, New York, Beirut, Belfast, Bangkok and Baghdad are just a few examples of cities riddled with problems that undermine, on a daily basis, the quality of urban life. What does it mean for urban dwellers when the infrastructure of a city collapses – transport, communication grids, heat, light, roads, water, and sanitation? What are the effects of foreign investment and huge construction projects on urban populations and how does this change the ‘look’ and character of a city? How does drug trafficking intersect with class, race, and gender, and what impact does it have on vulnerable urban communities? How do political corruption and mafia networks distort the built environment? Drawing on in-depth case studies from across the globe, this book answers these intriguing questions through its rigorous consideration of changing global and national contexts, social movements, and corrosive urban events. Adopting a ‘grass roots up’ approach, it places emphasis on people’s experiences of uneven development and inequality, their engagement with memory in the face of continual change, and the relevance of political activism to bettering their lives. It is especially attentive to the historical interaction of particular cities with wider political and economic forces, as these interactions have shaped local governance over time. Imagining each city as a ‘body politic’, the authors consider its capacity both to mediate local conflict and to broach the healing of wounds.

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Acknowledgments
Woimded Cities: Destruction and Reconstruction in a Globalized World
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The City as a Body Politic
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The Degradation of Urban Life
The Depreciation of Life during Mexico City's Transition into "the Crisis"
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International Commodity Markets, Local Land Markets and Class Conflict in a Provincial Mexican City
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Rethinking Infrastructure: Siberian Cities and the Great Freeze of January 2001
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Crises of Crime and Criminalization
How Kingston Was Wounded
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Woimded Medellin: Narcotics Traffic against a Background of Industrial Decline
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Global Justice in the Postindustrial City: Urban Activism beyond the Global-Local Split
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After Drugs and the "war on Drugs": Reclaiming the Power to Make History in Harlem, New York
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Rapid, Inconsistent Expansion
Bangkok, the Bubble City
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Contemporary Ho Chi Minh City in Numerous Contradictions: Reform Policy, Foreign Capital and the Working Class
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Reconstruction and Recovery
Belfast: Urban Space, "policing" and Sectarian Polarization
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Healing the Wounds of the War: Placing the War-Displaced in Postwar Beirut
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Woimded Palermo
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Epilogue: Baghdad, 2003
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