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Death and SecurityMemory and Mortality at the Bombsite$
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Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993139

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993139.001.0001

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Mutating disaster space: itinerant death at the Ground Zero Mosque and Bali bombsite

Mutating disaster space: itinerant death at the Ground Zero Mosque and Bali bombsite

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(p.122) 5 Mutating disaster space: itinerant death at the Ground Zero Mosque and Bali bombsite
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Death and Security
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Charlotte Heath-Kelly

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993139.003.0006

This chapter explores civil society activism around bombsite reconstruction in Bali and Manhattan, during delays in post-disaster reconstruction. Organisations have protested against potential profane usage of post-terrorist space in both cases, and in the process they have inadvertently and implicitly made spatial claims about ‘sacred’ space. This chapter explores the Ground Zero Mosque (park 51) controversy, the transportation of debris from the twin towers to a Staten Island landfill site, and the Bali Peace Park campaign to reclaim the Bali bombing site, to explore how activism causes bombsites to mutate, expand and contract in their spatial constitution. The chapter interprets the civil society activism around bombsites through cultural geography to argue that mortality remains an itinerant force of anxiety until post-terrorist landscapes are rebuilt.

Keywords:   Ground Zero Mosque, Park 51, Post-Disaster Reconstruction, Bali Bombing, Memory, Cultural Geography, Death, Security, Staten Island, Civil society

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