Balkanization and Global Politics: Remaking Cities and Architecture, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Balkanization and Global Politics

Remaking Cities and Architecture, 1st Edition

By Nikolina Bobic


210 pages | 47 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138061835
pub: 2019-04-15
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Ever-increasingly, countries, states and regions are voicing a desire to be autonomous through a process of balkanization. This book explores the historical emergence, interdisciplinary application and current sociospatial reasons why more places are seeking self-governance around the world. The spatialization of balkanization is particularly addressed in terms of destruction and renewal through a detailed sociopolitical interrogation of architecture and the urban, including their changing symbolic and functional forms.

The book offers a reworking of the concept of balkanization through a reflective and critical analysis. The particular attention on the city of Belgrade, including the 1990s dissolution of Yugoslavia through specific case study focus of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, provides insightful connections between balkanization, violent remaking and global politics. Against the detailed historical overview and prevailingly negative understanding of balkanization, a more positive instatement of balkanization for purposes of inclusivity and coexistence is also presented.

The book will be relevant to academics and students interested in spatial politics. The broad analysis will appeal across disciplines such as Geography, Politics, Architecture and Urban Studies.


"Dissecting the territorial disintegration experienced in Yugoslavia, Nikolina Bobic demonstrates the ways that the militaristic and financial strategies of global capitalism at times intersect with architecture, infrastructure, and urban ideologies. Contemporary balkanization is presented as part of the process of de-and reconstruction of subjectivity attuned with the spectacle of global media, at the expense of manifold layers of historical memories of a place. A timely excursion into the conceptual terrains of balkanization which has achieved a new currency under the rubric of Brexit and the nationalism permeating current Anglo-Saxon geopolitics." — Gevork Hartoonian, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, University of Canberra, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Framework: Balkan(ization) and Global Politics 2. Balkanism and Balkanization: Fragmentation, Grouping and Excess 3. Yugoslavia In Balkanization: Beyond Civil War, Beyond Ethnonationalism 4. Allied Operations: Present-Future Partnerships of Humanitarianism, Peace and Victory 5. Circulating Violence: Decomposition, Dispossession and Control 6. Territorializations: Transitions, Thresholds and Transgressions 7. Present Spaces, Present Times: Other Spaces, Other Times

About the Author

Nikolina Bobic is a Lecturer in Architecture at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, UK. Her research delves into the historical and theoretical concepts to do with spatial violence and control.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography