Geographies of Violence
Killing Space, Killing Time
- Marcus Doel - Swansea University, UK
Society and Space
Cultural Geography | Film and Cinema | Human Geography (General)
We experience violence all our lives, from that very first scream of birth. It has been industrialized and domesticated. Our culture has not become totally accustomed to violence, but accustomed enough. Perhaps more than enough.
Geographies of Violence is a critical human geography of the history of violence, from Ancient Rome and Enlightened wars through to natural disasters, animal slaughter, and genocide. Written with incredible insight and flair, this is a thought-provoking text for human geography students and researchers alike.
"Do not read this book. Experience it. Never before has such analytical power and narrative brilliance been applied to a subject so universally obscured and evaded -- the endlessly violent geographies of killing times, of killing spaces, of the ruthless efficiencies of optimal, optimized evil. Doel sets out to hit us in the face and the stomach with the myriad horrors of our world, our lives and deaths, and no reader will ever be quite the same after this breathtaking journey through genocides, gulags, and incinerated cities. This is powerful cognitive crystal meth, a stunning work of apocalyptic beauty and catastrophic grace."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Geographies of Violence - Chapter 1