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Walling the City
Walling the City
Gordon MacLeod

At some point walls were used as protection against threats from the outside, whether from beasts or hostile human marauders. No one can object, on moral or social grounds, to walls built for such purposes … But, since these early days, walls have come to play a more ambiguous and increasingly divisive role. They have become boundary walls … com[ing] to reflect, and to reinforce, hierarchies of wealth and power; divisions among people, races, ethnic groups, and religions; and hostilities, tensions, and fears. (Marcuse, 1997: 103–4)

Introduction: Urban Walls and Enclosures

Urban scholars have long been concerned to examine how inequalities of wealth and differences in class, ethnicity and culture are expressed in the social geography of cities (see Chapter ...

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