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Planned Violence

Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructure, Literature and Culture

Editors: Boehmer, Elleke, Davies, Dominic (Eds.)

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  • Takes a comparative literary, interdisciplinary approach that distinguishes it from most research to date on urban planning and post/colonial violence, which tends to be purely sociologically or anthropologically based
  • Includes essays from contributors whose specialities range from colonial history to postcolonial geography
  • Analyses a wide range of media, from poetry, fiction and theatre/performance to graphic and visual cultures such as graffiti and comics art
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This book brings the insights of social geographers and cultural historians into a critical dialogue with literary narratives of urban culture and theories of literary cultural production. In so doing, it explores new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between urban planning, its often violent effects, and literature. Comparing the spatial pasts and presents of the post-imperial and post/colonial cities of London, Delhi and Johannesburg, but also including case studies of other cities, such as Chicago, Belfast, Jerusalem and Mumbai, Planned Violence investigates how that iconic site of modernity, the colonial city, was imagined by its planners — and how this urban imagination, and the cultural and social interventions that arose in response to it, made violence a part of the everyday social life of its subjects. Throughout, however, the collection also explores the extent to which literary and cultural productions might actively resist infrastructures of planned violence, and imagine alternative ways of inhabiting post/colonial city spaces.

About the authors

Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, UK. She is the author of five monographs and five novels, including, among the former, Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), Nelson Mandela (2008), and Indian Arrivals 1870-1915 (2015), and, among the latter, The Shouting in the Dark (long-listed Sunday Times Barry Ronge prize), Screens against the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize), and Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize). She has edited and co-edited numerous books, including Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys (2004).
Dominic Davies is Lecturer in English at City, University of London, UK. He completed his DPhil and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford. During this time he was also the Network Facilitator for the Leverhulme-funded 'Planned Violence' Network and the British Council US and TORCH-funded 'Divided Cities' Network. He is the author of Imperial Infrastructure and Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature, 1880-1930 (2017) and Urban Comics: Infrastructure and the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives (forthcoming 2019).

Reviews

“How can literature, art and poetry deal with the violences that are so intrinsic to urban life in postcolonial times? In this pioneering and important collection, Elleke Boehmer and Dominic Davies bring together a remarkable series of essays by leading cultural and literary thinkers​. These powerfully evoke the nature of literary and artistic imaginings of our urban age, as well as the deep logics of violence that permeate experiences of it. From Linton Kwesi Johnson's poetic stands against police violence in London​ to Arundhati Roy's searing novels on oppression in urban India, from Richard Wright’s novels on Chicago to Modikwe Dikobe’s novels on apartheid Johannesburg, and from Julie Mehretu’s paintings of revolutionary Cairo in the Arab Spring to Khaled Jarrar's paintings on infrastructural violence on the West Bank (and many more besides), this collection is a remarkable survey of how contemporary urban life and violences are imagined, lived and resisted. Indispensable.” (Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities and Society, Newcastle University, UK, and author of Cities under Siege and Vertical)

Planned Violence makes a strong and compelling claim that we should not interpret the concept of infrastructure too narrowly; but nor should we lose sight of what it suggests about the constitution of the political, the past and present of corporeal life, and the present and futures of various formations of violence in our times.” (Sarah Nuttall, Director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), Johannesburg, South Africa)

Planned Violence invokes the tireless legacy of Fanon, reflecting on the wreckage within zoning, confinement and control, and the circumventions sustained as much by mobilisation as by making do. This stunning collection of essays is a creative and critical reference point for thinking through the instability of urban life.” (Suzanne Hall, Co-Director of the Cities Programme and Associate Professor in Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Planned Violence: Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructures, Literature and Culture

    Boehmer, Elleke (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • White Cities, Black Streets: Planned Violence and Native Maps in Richard Wright’s Chicago and Modikwe Dikobe’s Johannesburg

    Kruger, Loren

    Pages 29-47

  • Grey Space, Tahrir Laser: Conspiracy, Critique and the Urban in Julie Mehretu’s Depictions of Revolutionary Cairo

    Simcik Arese, Nicholas

    Pages 49-69

  • Thames Valley Royal (or, Maxwell in Oxford): The Story of a Football Club and the History of a City

    Ghosh, William

    Pages 71-85

  • Slums and the Postcolonial Uncanny

    Mukherjee, Ankhi

    Pages 87-104

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91388-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91387-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Planned Violence
Book Subtitle
Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructure, Literature and Culture
Editors
  • Elleke Boehmer
  • Dominic Davies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91388-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91388-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91387-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 349
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
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