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Chapter 5: Punctual, Linear and Planar Logics of Surveillance

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Punctual, Linear and Planar Logics of Surveillance
Punctual, Linear and Planar Logics of Surveillance

The terminological register of points, lines and planes has long run through the geographical literature, mobilized as a basic spatial vocabulary through which to make sense of the world. It is thus a somewhat obvious choice to test whether, and how, this particular terminology can also inform our understanding of the spatial logics of surveillance.

In existing geographical research, the terms are approached in both mathematical and metaphorical ways, although the invoked meaning systems are barely explained in either case. Mathematical uses of the terminology peaked with the rise of spatial analysis and quantitative geography in the mid-twentieth century. In these literatures, points, lines and planes are deployed as a formal lexicon ...

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