CRRES Affiliate Rasul Mowatt (Geography) recently published a new book titled The Geographies of Threat and the Production of Violence: The State and the City Between Us. The book engages with how the histories, designs, and societies within a city are racialized, gendered, and classed in violent ways.
The Geographies of Threat and the Production of Violence exposes the spatial processes of racialising, gendering, and classifying populations through the encoded urban infrastructure – from highways cleaving neighbourhoods to laws and policies fortifying even more unbreachable boundaries. This synthesis of narrative and theory resurrects neglected episodes of state violence and reveals how the built environment continues to enable it today within a range of cities throughout the world. Examples and discussions pull from colonial pasts and presents, of old strategic settlements turned major modern cities in the United States and elsewhere that link to the physical and legal structures concentrating a populace into neighbourhoods that prep them for a lifetime of conscripted and carceral service to the State.
Congratulations Dr. Mowatt!