[spectre] Cultural Politics - New - Special Issue - JUST TARGETS

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Wed Feb 22 11:59:02 CET 2006

> From: J Armitage <j.armitage at unn.ac.uk>
> ISSUE 01
> MARCH 2006
> National University of Singapore
> The guest editors of this special issue of Cultural Politics on 'Just 
> Targets' argue that targeting, in several interrelated and specified 
> senses, must be regarded as intrinsic to urban processes, and that 
> with intensifications of  these processes during the last 150 years or 
> so, issues of targeting and questions of the just in relation to 
> cities have become increasingly urgent.  With growing concerns about 
> urban war, crime and terrorism, on the one hand, and urban government, 
> administration and policies, on the other, the connection between 
> targeting and justice is more fraught than ever.  This special issue 
> examines the nature of the urban ensemble as a network of material and 
> ideal relations that must perpetually negotiate new relations (of 
> justice and targeting) with its outlaws, its misfits and criminals.  
> Exploring an emergent geopolitics of urban processes, looking at the 
> need for new paradigms but also at the requirements of a deep 
> historicity that helps to determine the present, both the editors and 
> the contributors to the issue analyze the paradoxes inherent in 
> targeting as they began to emerge from World War I onwards, and 
> question distinctions between war and urban society, acknowledging, as 
> we must, the increasing militarization of the latter. This special 
> issue of Cultural Politics on 'Just Targets' thus contributes to a 
> gathering intellectual engagement with issues of justice and the modes 
> of targeting that characterize the 21st century city.
> Contents
> Editorial
> Just Targets
> Ryan Bishop, Gregory Clancey and John Phillips
> "The Target is the People": Representations of the Village in 
> Modernization and US National Security Doctrine
> Nick Cullather
> Vast Clearings: Emergency, Technology, and American De-Urbanization, 
> 1930-1945
> Gregory Clancey
> SARS Epidemic and the Disclosure of Singapore Nation
> Chua Beng Huat
> Prolegomenon to a Right to Disappear
> Irving Goh
> Field Report/Art Work
> An Axis of Intensity
> Jordan Crandall
> Book Review Essay
> Urban Studies and the Targeting of Cities
> (Stephen Graham (ed) Cities, War and Terrorism: Towards an Urban 
> Geopolitics)
> Tim Bunnell
> Cultural Politics (ISSN: 1743-2197) is published three times a year in 
> March, July and November. The first issue was published in March 2005.
> Edited by John Armitage, University of Northumbria, and Douglas 
> Kellner, University of California at Los Angeles, and Ryan Bishop, 
> National University of Singapore, Singapore.
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