Balkanization and Global Politics: Remaking Cities and Architecture

Author:   Nikolina Bobic (Plymouth University, UK)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781138061835


Pages:   212
Publication Date:   10 April 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Balkanization (territorial fragmentation) is becoming a significant urban and geopolitical pursuit in contemporary times. Countries, cities and regions are ever increasingly voicing the desire for independence and balkanization from the nation or union they are a part of. This monograph generally maps the historical and theoretical emergence of balkanization, as well its more recent spread into fields as far ranging as law, medicine, data and security studies, sociology, architecture and the urban. The spatialization of balkanization is particularly addressed in terms of destruction and renewal through a detailed sociopolitical interrogation of architecture and the urban, including their changing symbolic, ideological and functional forms. The spatial connections between balkanization, violent remaking (destruction and renewal) and global politics have predominantly been analyzed via the former Yugoslav context and the Balkans, however, spotlight has also been directed to the current political climate of the UK, Australia and the Anglo-Saxon geopolitics. The analysis helps in understanding broader emergent patterns of sociospatial polarization across various scales, and in respect to global geoeconomic and geopolitical restructuring. This is particularly important because drawing connections between balkanization, economics, law, media and technology is to gain an awareness of - and engagement with - the emerging implications of spatial remaking and global politics. This monograph is a valuable resource and will be relevant to academics and students interested in spatial politics; including architecture, urbanism, geography, sociology, politics, international development, conflict, and cultural studies.

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Author:   Nikolina Bobic (Plymouth University, UK)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.476kg
ISBN:  

9781138061835


ISBN 10:   1138061832
Pages:   212
Publication Date:   10 April 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Dissecting the territorial disintegration experienced in Yugoslavia, Nikolina Bobic demonstrates the ways that the militaristic and financial strategies of global capitalism at times intersect with architecture, infrastructure, and urban ideologies. Contemporary balkanization is presented as part of the process of de-and reconstruction of subjectivity attuned with the spectacle of global media, at the expense of manifold layers of historical memories of a place. A timely excursion into the conceptual terrains of balkanization which has achieved a new currency under the rubric of Brexit and the nationalism permeating current Anglo-Saxon geopolitics. - Gevork Hartoonian, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, University of Canberra, Australia


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Nikolina Bobic is an international scholar, and an architect. Nikolina's research delves into the historical dimensions and theoretical concepts to do with spatial violence, balkanization, borders and territories, and conflict/post-conflict - how these notions manifest at the complex intersection of architecture, urbanism, military, media, economics, technology, literature and film.

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