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"An interesting interjection into a growing debate about violence in contemporary cities... The book provides food for thought for both scholars of international politics and practitioners of urban planning at a time when violence in and against the city is rising up the agenda for both."-Cambridge Review of International Affairs
About the Author
Jon Calame is a founding partner of Minerva Partners, a preservation and planning firm in New York. Esther Charlesworth is founding director of Architects Without Frontiers (Australia) and Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne.
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lively urban geography7 Oct. 2009
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This insightful book combines history, travel writing, architecture, and urban geographical analysis into a fascinating exploration of how divided cities work and come to be. Brief chapters on five such cities are bracketed by chapters analyzing the causes of such divisions and how these divisions affect the urban landscape in all its guises (from the high-level political to the running of water infrastructure systems). The authors' eye for detail and sparkling prose make this a highly enjoyable read even for those not steeped in urban geography. Particularly outstanding is the authors' systematic dismantling of the usual explanations given for the (political) necessity of physical separation, and their persuasive argument that division has not ameliorated the problems that it was meant to solve.
The book is particularly valuable for its generalizing across the particulars of the various case studies, filling a lacuna in previous scholarly treatments of this topic.