Containing Insecurity: Logistics Space, U.S. Port Cities, and the "War on Terror"

Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructure Fails

Cowen, Deborah. 2009. "Containing Insecurity: Logistics Space, U.S. Port Cities, and the 'War on Terror'". In Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructure Fails, ed. Stephen Graham. London: Routledge.

This chapter explores the politics of a new global urban form: the logistics city. On the one hand it interrogates the old and new imperial logics that permeate these centers of circulation, and on the other hand it explores the role of maps and plans in the production of logistics city space. The challenge of reconciling global flows and secure nations is giving rise to a re-bordering of urban space and the creation of exceptional zones of securitization.