Urban Fears and Global Terrors

Citizenship, Multicultures and Belongings After 7/7

By Victor Jeleniewski Seidler

© 2007 – Routledge

304 pages

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About the Book

Urban Fears and Global Terrors After 7/7 explores the disruption around that day, taking people back to the events and the sense of loss, fear and mourning that followed. By framing a new landscape of urban fear Victor Seidler shows how new technologies helped to shape responses to a global terror that had been anticipated but was dreadful in its reality. By listening to the narratives people shaped for themselves Seidler shows the need for new forms of social theory that can come to terms with the contemporary realities of urban fear, complex identities and belongings. This book:

  • explores the relationship of Islam to the West and ways in which this has been forgotten within traditional forms of social theory
  • engages with a crisis of masculinities and the particular histories of migration and diaspora from the sub-continent
  • follows the discussions around citizenship, identity and difference and the possibilities of belonging that were being fought out through different visions of multi-culture and integration that followed.

This book will prove an incredibly useful resource for students and researchers of Political Sociology and Citizenship, Diaspora Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Cultural Theory, Ethics and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Traumatic Events, Precarious Lives and Social Theory 2. Urban Fears and Terrors of 7/7 3. Urban Dreams, Fears and Realities 4. Missing, Loss, Fear and Terror 5. Risks, Traumas and Insecurities 6. Young Masculinities, Islam and Terror 7. Young Men, Islamic Cultures and Belonging(s) 8. Global Terror, Islam and Citizenship 9. Fears, Uncertainties and Terrors 10. The West, Islam and the Politics of Dialogue 11. Faith, Martyrdom and Suicide Bombings 12. Religion, ‘Race’ and Multiculturalisms 13. Civilisations, Terrorisms and Hospitalities 14. Civilisations, Belongings and Ethics 15. Conclusions: Citizenship, Multiculturalisms and Complex Belongings

About the Author

Victor Jeleniewski Seidler is Professor of Social Theory in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has written widely in areas of social and cultural theory and philosophy.

About the Series

International Library of Sociology

The International Library of Sociology (ILS) is the most important series of books on sociology ever published. Founded in the 1940s by Karl Mannheim, the series became the forum for pioneering research and theory, marked by comparative approaches and the identification of new directions in sociology, publishing major figures in Anglo-American and European sociology, from Durkheim and Weber to Parsons and Gouldner, and from Ossowski and Klein to Jasanoff and Walby.

Its new editors, John Holmwood (University of Nottingham, UK) and Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), plan to develop the series as a truly global project, reflecting new directions and contributions outside its traditional centres, and connecting with the original aim of the series to produce sociological knowledge that addresses pressing global social problems and supports democratic debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC006000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Demography
SOC026030
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOC042000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries