Cities Under Seige

Congratulations to Stephen Graham on his new publication Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism, Verso, May 2010.

Cities have become the new battleground of our increasingly urban world. From the slums of the global South to the wealthy financial centres of the West, Cities Under Siege traces the spread of political violence through the sites, spaces, infrastructure and symbols of the world’s rapidly expanding metropolitan areas.

A new original study of the subtle interpenetration of global geopolitics and the micro–politics of cities and neighbourhoods from the ground-breaking expert of the rapidly rising, crucial, field of urban geopolitics – acts of war against cities and their inhabitants.

Drawing on a wealth of original research, Stephen Graham uncovers the New Military Urbanism that now permeates the entire fabric of our urban lives, from subway and transport systems hardwired with high-tech “command and control” systems and the infection of civilian policy with all-pervasive “security” discourses; to the militarization of popular culture.

“Roll over Jane Jacobs: here’s urban geography as it looks like through the eye of a Predator at 25,000 feet. A fundamental and very scary report from the global red zone.” --Mike Davis