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Part I: Conceptual Foundations

Conceptual Foundations
Conceptual Foundations

If we are to investigate how surveillance interacts with space, we need a solid conceptual framework to do so, and we need a clear definition of, and analytical focus on, surveillance. The four chapters that follow respond to these needs.

Chapter 1 delimits the book’s analytical take, focused on the everyday making, functioning and acting of surveillance in its interaction with space. Surveillance is understood as techniques of systematic, routine and focused attention for purposes of influence, direction, protection and/or administration. The chapter thus makes a double contribution to my endeavour, in that it defines surveillance and sets the book’s ‘scale of analysis’, the everyday, on which to approach the surveillance–space nexus.

Chapter 2 develops a mediation-centred understanding of surveillance, which allows for ...