urban, city and urban planning, violence

Urban Violence

About this issue

Issue number
Volume 40 – Number 3
440 pages


This issue, edited by Yasser Elsheshtawy, explores the theme of Urban Violence and the different forms it can take, whether it be physical acts of struggle or contestation and other disorderly activities, or the constrictions that the design of urban spaces can intentionally enforce or even unintentionally create.

Guest Editor: Yasser Elsheshtawy
21 Oct 2014

This issue explores the myriad of forms that ‘urban violence’ can take, from social injustices to wilful destruction of heritage sites, from displacement of people from their homes to urban warfare. The contributors here are from very varied backgrounds – anthropology, sociology, geography, architecture, psychiatry and public health – and their papers encompass a broad geographical range; a diversity that illustrates the extent to which urban violence transcends disciplinary and geographical boundaries.


  • Urban Violence
    Yasser Elsheshtawy
  • The Violence of Structural Violence: Ethical Commitments and an Exceptional Day in a Brazilian Favela
    Moises Lino E Silva
  • Destruction in Progress: Revolution, Repression and War in Syria (2011 Onwards)
    Leïla Vignal
  • ‘Sniper Alley’: The Politics of Urban Violence in the Besieged Sarajevo
    Mirjana Ristic
  • Urban Redevelopment Trauma: The Story of a Dubai Neighbourhood
    Khaled Alawadi
  • Modernist Planning and the Foundations of Urban Violence in Latin America
    Diane E. Davis
  • Violence of Urbanization, Poor Neighbourhoods and Large-Scale Projects: Lessons from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Yves Pedrazzini, Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin and Alexandra Thorer
  • Urban Transformations: The Great Cairo Fire and the Founding of a Modern Capital, 1952–1970
    Yasser Elsheshtawy
  • Acts of Neighbouring: Socially-Engaged Urban Investment and Youth Violence Prevention
    Lourdes J. Rodgrïguez, Arlene Peguero, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Arelis De La O, Howard Joseph and Robert E. Fullilove
  • Publication Review