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Death and security : memory and mortality at the bombsite

Charlotte Heath-Kelly (Author)
Making a bold intervention into critical security studies literature, this book explores the ontological relationship between mortality and security. It considers the mortality theories of Heidegger and Bauman alongside literature from the sociology of death, before undertaking a comparative exploration of the memorialisation of four prominent post-terrorist sites: the World Trade Centre in New York, the Bali bombsite, the London bombings and the Norwegian sites attacked by Anders Breivik. By interviewing the architects and designers of these reconstruction projects, the book shows that practices of memorialisation are a retrospective security endeavour - they conceal and re-narrate the traumatic incursion of death
eBook, English, 2017
Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2017
1 online resource (viii, 200 pages) : illustrations
9781526108128, 9781526120991, 1526108127, 1526120992
Introduction: death and security
the only two certainties 1. The problem of dying while resilient 2. Containing the spectacle: disaster management 3. Reflecting absence? Disaster recovery and the World Trade Center 4. Reclaiming place and self-harming architecture: Norwegian experiences of death and security 5. Mutating disaster space: itinerant death at the Ground Zero Mosque and the Bali bombsite 6. Bombs without bombsites: memory and security without visibility Conclusion: pathologising security through Lacanian desire Index