War, Citizenship, Territory
Edited by Deborah Cowen, Emily Gilbert
Routledge – 2008 – 424 pages
For all too obvious reasons, war, empire, and military conflict have become extremely hot topics in the academy. Given the changing nature of war, one of the more promising areas of scholarly investigation has been the development of new theories of war and war’s impact on society. War, Citizenship, Territory features 19 chapters that look at the impact of war and militarism on citizenship, whether traditional territorially-bound national citizenship or "transnational" citizenship. The editors argue that while there has been an explosion of work on citizenship and territory, Western academia’s avoidance of the immediate effects of war (among other things) has led them to ignore war, which they contend is both pervasive and well nigh permanent. This volume sets forth a new, geopolitically based theory of war’s transformative role on contemporary forms of citizenship and territoriality, and includes empirical chapters that offer global coverage.
1. Introduction: The Politics of War, Citizenship, Territory Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert Part 1: At War: Struggle, ‘Strategy,’ and Spatiality 2. Imagining Urban Warfare: Urbanization and US Military Technoscience Stephen Graham 3. Spaces of Exception and Unexceptability Matthew G. Hannah 4. Bombs, Bodies, Acts: The Banalization of Suicide Engin Isin and Melissa Finn 5. Panic, Civility and the Homeland Matthew Farish 6. Distributed Preparedness: Space, Security and Citizenship in the United States Stephen J. Collier and Andrew Lakoff Part 2: Re/Constituting Territory 7. Reconstituting Iraq Stuart Elden 8. War Veterans, Disability and Post-Colonial Citizenship in Angola and Mozambique Marcus Power 9. Truth Commissions and the Reconstitution of Citizenship in Post-Conflict Settings: The Promise and Pitfalls of Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Maureen Hays-Mitchell 10. Unreliable Chinese: Internal Security and the Devaluation and Expansion of Citizenship in Postwar Hong Kong Alan Smart 11. Conflict, Citizenship, and Human Security: Geographies of Protection Jennifer Hyndman Part 3: Citizens and the Body Politic 12. Citizenship in the ‘Homeland’: Families at War Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert 13. Resistance, Detainment, Asylum: The Onto-Political Limits of Border Crossing in North America Davina Bhandar 14. Population Control for Resource Appropriation Nadia Abu-Zahra 15. Military, Gender, and Homeland: The Dynamics of Jewish Nationalism in Israel Tamar Mayer 16. Mobilizing Civil Society for the Hegemonic State: The Korean War and the Construction of Soldiercitizens in the United States Colin Flint 17. ‘Not for Queen and Country or any of that Shit…’: Reflections on Citizenship and Military Participation in Contemporary British Soldier Narratives Rachel Woodward. Afterword Neil Smith
Deborah Cowen teaches at York University in Toronto. Her first book will be published by the University of Toronto Press next year. Emily Gilbert teaches at the University of Toronto and is the co-editor of Nation-States and Money (Routledge, 1999).