Fluid city, solid state: Urban environmental territory in a state of emergency, Kathmandu

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This paper addresses the relationship between contemporary territorial processes of statemaking and the fluidity associated with globalizing cities. Focused on the remaking of urban environmental space during a period of political emergency in Kathmandu, the paper examines how state power was sustained and articulated through the production of urban environmental forms, and shows how particular modes of violence and governance were enabled in urban environmental territory. Through an analysis of beautification initiatives undertaken in concert with preparations for a major regional trade conference, I argue that urban environmental productions are critical for understanding the semiotics, multiple scales, and materialities of statemaking in twenty-first century cities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-129
Number of pages25
JournalCity and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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