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The Quest for SecurityProtection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance$
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Joseph Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156868

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156868.001.0001

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Violence in the City

Violence in the City

Challenges Of Global Governance*

(p.260) 10 Violence in the City
The Quest for Security

Sophie Body-Gendrot

Columbia University Press

Lack of safety, insecurity, and violence raise complex challenges that cities need to address as part of the pursuit of environmental sustainability. Large cities have long evinced a general inability to anticipate what may happen: accidents, catastrophes, or collective violence. But if cities are to become key spaces for advancing an environmental agenda, then urban violence in its many manifestations becomes urgent. This chapter examines this issue and situates it as part of the groundwork for the environmental process. Several questions organize the chapter. How are global cities doing in this respect? What resources do they have to deal with major risks and threats, in current times of global uncertainty? How do they transmit a sense of order and protection to their residents and to a variety of visitors, as well as to the hypermobile actors on whom they increasingly depend? Can and should order be coproduced by institutions, by private entrepreneurs, and by citizens in a well-designed form of urban governance? If so, at what scale and in what shape should this coproduction take? What coordination of actions should be favored and at what level of decision-making? How comprehensive should it be?

Keywords:   cities, urban areas, urban violence, environmental sustainability, environmental protection

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