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Shutting Down the StreetsPolitical Violence and Social Control in the Global Era$
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Amory Starr, Luis A. Fernandez, and Christian Scholl

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740996

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740996.001.0001

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The Geography of Global Governance

The Geography of Global Governance

Spatial Dynamics of Controlling Dissent

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Shutting Down the Streets

Amory Starr

Luis Fernandez

Christian Scholl

NYU Press

This chapter advances a systematic approach for the analysis of the governance of space. It introduces central concepts for the study of spatial interactions, and draws on recent innovations in social geography, political theory, and philosophy in order to flesh out this systematic approach. The control of the flow of bodies and the incapacitation of movement are revealed as the central objectives of the governance of space. Various tools are available for the spatial control of dissent: the selection of the location and the remapping of the spatial surrounding, tools for dividing space, tools for controlling movement, and tools for separating protesters from one another. The chapter highlights the preemptive character of control which deflects, redirects, and interrupts assembly and the transnationalization of tools for governing space.

Keywords:   governance of space, spatial interactions, social geography, dissent, spatial control, flow of bodies, movement

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