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Rings of steel, rings of concrete and rings of confidence: Designing out terrorism in central London pre and post September 11th

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jon Coaffee


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This article is a reaction to the rapid changes many urban areas are undertaking in attempts to counter the contemporary terrorist threat since the devastating events of September 11th. The response of central London authorities both pre- and post-September 11th is used as the lens through which to view attempts to reduce the real and perceived threat of terrorist attack through the adoption of territorial approaches to security, both physical and technological, which are increasingly being utilized at ever-expanding spatial scales. It argues that this situation all too often produces a scenario of 'splintered urbanism' as security rings are thrown up around carefully selected sections of cities deemed most at risk. It further argues for a balance to be struck between competing concerns for freedom of access, mobility and other democratic freedoms, and the need for cities to adopt increasingly militarized security perspectives in their counter-terrorism efforts. © Joint Editors and Blakwell Publishing Ltd 2004.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Coaffee J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

Year: 2004

Volume: 28

Issue: 1

Pages: 201-211

ISSN (print): 0309-1317

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2427

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.0309-1317.2004.00511.x


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