Network-Centric Violence, Critical Infrastructure and the Urbanisation of Security

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Author(s)Coward M
Publication type Article
JournalSecurity Dialogue
Year2009
Volume40
Issue4-5
Pages399-418
ISSN (print)0967-0106
ISSN (electronic)1460-3640
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This article addresses the question of whether contemporary global urbanization is characterized by a distinctive relationship between the city and warfare. In particular, it examines the specific way in which two particular forms of warfare — so-called Al-Qaeda terrorism and US tactics in Iraq — target urban infrastructure. I argue that infrastructure is targeted because it is a constitutive feature of contemporary urban life. Metropolitan life is marked by its constitutive relation to urban infrastructure. The article thus suggests that this targeting of infrastructure provides a lens through which to investigate some of the central questions posed by the contemporary urbanization of security.
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0967010609342879
DOI10.1177/0967010609342879
NotesAuthor's final draft of paper available from: http://www.martincoward.net/2009/10/urban-insecurities/
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