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Geographies of Violence
Killing Space, Killing Time



June 2017 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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. 

 
The Joy of Killing
 
Chapter 1: The Best of All Possible Violence
 
Chapter 2: Once Upon a Time, Long, Long Ago
 
Chapter 3: Pre-Industrial Mass Killing
 
Chapter 4: The European Way of War
 
Chapter 5: Enlightened Killing
 
Chapter 6: The Animal Slaughter Industry
 
Chapter 7: The Human Slaughter Industry
 
Chapter 8: Weaponized Air
 
Chapter 9: Atmospheric Terrorism
 
Chapter 10: Black Meteorology
 
Chapter 11: Firestorms and Corpse Mines
 
Chapter 12: Capital Punishment
 
Chapter 13: The Business of Genocide
 
Still Dead Certain

"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."

Elvin Wyly
Professor, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

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Marcus A Doel

Marcus Doel is Professor of Human Geography at Swansea University in Wales, where he is also the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, and the Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Theory. Marcus is an alumnus of the University of Bristol, and held positions at Liverpool John Moores University and Loughborough University in England prior to his move to Swansea University in 2000. He is the author of Postculturalist Geographies: The Diabolical Art of Spatial Science (Rowan and Littlefield, Edinburgh University Press), the co-author of Writing the Rural: Five Cultural Geographies (Sage), and the co-editor of Jean... More About Author

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