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Christine Hentschel

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 18: The European ‘Refugee Crisis’ in ‘Our’ Cities: Vulnerability, Truth, and Ethics of the Surface

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The European ‘Refugee Crisis’ in ‘Our’ Cities: Vulnerability, Truth, and Ethics of the Surface
The European Refugee Crisis in Our Cities: Vulnerability, Truth, and Ethics of the Surface
Christine Hentschel

Urban conflict can be seen as the struggle over how we share vulnerability and how we create, or refuse to create, modes of being in common in the 21st-century city. What connects us makes us vulnerable – not only when our transport networks or water systems become the targets for terror attacks (Coward 2015, Graham 2010, Collier and Lakoff 2015), but also in a more mundane sense of living together on troublesome, sometimes uncomfortable, urban grounds. It is in these ‘surfaces of contact’ that we negotiate what is ‘between us in ...

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