Lockdown! Resilience, resurgence, and the stage-set city

David Murakami Wood, Jon Coaffee, Katy Blareau, Anna Leech, James McAllister Jones and Jonathan Parsons

in Securing an urban renaissance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348159
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303329 | DOI:
Lockdown! Resilience, resurgence, and the stage-set city

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This chapter examines the so-called Gateshead ‘lockdown’ in England. It traces the background of this event through three linked and increasingly intertwined contextual threads: disaster preparedness, urban management through territorial defence, and surveillance. The chapter argues that urban policy is increasingly involved in staging the city in a way which privileges particular groups of users, and discusses the link between ideas of renaissance and neoliberal urbanism.

Keywords: Gateshead lockdown; England; disaster preparedness; urban management; territorial defence; surveillance; urban policy; urban renaissance; neoliberal urbanism

Chapter.  5630 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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