The radicals' city: Urban environment, polarisation, cohesion

Ralf Brand, Sara Fregonese

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Bringing together comparative case studies from Belfast, Beirut, Amsterdam and Berlin, this book examines the role of the urban environment in social polarisation processes. In doing so, it provides a timely and refreshingly innovative voice in the confusing babble on (counter-)terrorism, urban conflict and community cohesion. Despite their socio-political differences, these cities are telling cases of how the location and shape of very mundane objects such as rubbish bins, bridges, clothes' stores, shopping malls and cafés - in addition to the obvious fences, walls and barbed wire - are often subject to heated controversies and influence the way urban conflict is 'lived' and practised. © Ralf Brand and Sara Fregonese 2013. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages191
ISBN (Print)9781409451600
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • urban environment, built environment, materiality, contested cities, polarisation, radicalisation, segregation, peace, war, conflict, division


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