When the City Itself Becomes a Technology of War

  title={When the City Itself Becomes a Technology of War},
  author={S. Sassen},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={33 - 50}
  • S. Sassen
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Theory, Culture & Society
The essay is framed by the proposition that cities are the frontier spaces for much of what is usually referred to as global governance challenges. It uses the case of asymmetric war to explore the contradictions that arise from this urbanizing — most significantly, the limits of superior military power when war moves to cities and the ways in which this makes powerlessness complex rather than elementary. The core of the paper focuses on Mumbai and Gaza as two sites that help us understand the… Expand

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