What connects garbage dumps in New York, bomb sites in Baghdad, and
skyscrapers in Sao Paulo? How is contemporary visual culture -
extending from art and architecture to film and digital media -
responding to new forms of violence associated with global and
globalizing cities? Addressing such questions, this book is the
first interdisciplinary volume to examine the complex relationship
between globalization, violence, and the visual culture of cities.
Violence - in both material and cultural forms - has been a
prominent and endemic feature of urban life in the global
metropolitan era. Focusing on visual culture and offering a strong
humanities perspective that is currently lacking in existing
scholarship, this book seeks to understand how the violent effects
of globalization have been represented, theorized, and experienced
across a wide range of cultural contexts and urban locations in
Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East.
Organized around three interrelated themes - fear, memory, and
spectacle - essay topics range from military targeting in Baghdad,
carceral urbanism in Sao Paulo, and the Paris banlieue riots, to
the security aesthetics of G8 summits, the architecture of urban
paranoia, and the cultural afterlife of the Twin Towers.
Globalization, Violence, and the Visual Culture of Cities offers
fresh insight into the problems and potential of cities around the
world, including Beijing, Berlin, London, New York, Paris, and Sao
Paulo. With specially-commissioned essays from the fields of
cultural theory, architecture, film, photography, and urban
geography, this innovative volume will be a valuable resource for
students, scholars, and researchers across the humanities and
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