Lookup NU author(s): Dr Martin Coward
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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.
Author(s): Coward M
Publication type: Article
Journal: Security Dialogue
Print publication date: 01/08/2010
ISSN (print): 0967-0106
ISSN (electronic): 1460-3640
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Notes: Author's final draft of paper available from: http://www.martincoward.net/2009/10/urban-insecurities/
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