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Epilogue: Rhythms and space-time of violence in and of the city

Bakonyi, Jutta

Authors



Contributors

Mara Albrecht
Editor

Alke Jenss
Editor

Abstract

The epilogue interrogates the book chapters’ understanding of violence and the city. Both violence and the city seem to resist attempts towards conceptualisation. The authors’ thick empirical descriptions, however, allow to carve out temporal and spatial features of violence: In its direct, physical form, violence enacts space and shapes rhythms of life as it shrinks the experiential, emotional and agentic repertoires of victims, enforces docility and differentiates subject positions. In its organised form, violence unfolds enormous dynamics, sets people and things into motion, and accelerates movement. The immediacy, suddenness and speed of physical violence can be contrasted with the slow, indirect and gradual mode of violence’s sublimation into domination. This transformation materialises in technologies that control mobilities and direct movement (such as barriers, roadblocks and walls). Space is thereby contained and constituted as static and stable. Violence is therefore always inscribed in an urban imaginary that depicts the city as a spatially bound and distinct totality. In this reading, violence is neither taking place in the city nor is it of the city. Instead, it is generative of multiple material-time-space figurations that are assembled in different rhythms and speeds while differentiating lived experiences producing, among others, racialised and gendered bodies.

Citation

Bakonyi, J. (2023). Epilogue: Rhythms and space-time of violence in and of the city. In M. Albrecht, & A. Jenss (Eds.), The spatiality and temporality of urban violence: Histories, rhythms and ruptures ( 268–283). Manchester: Manchester University Press. https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526165749.00021

Acceptance Date May 1, 2023
Online Publication Date Nov 14, 2023
Publication Date 2023-10
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2023
Publisher Manchester University Press
Pages 268–283
Book Title The spatiality and temporality of urban violence: Histories, rhythms and ruptures
ISBN 9781526165732
DOI https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526165749.00021
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1944069
Publisher URL https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526165732/the-spatiality-and-temporality-of-urban-violence/