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Chapter 6: Surveillance Relating to Fixity and Flexibility, Enclosure and Openness

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Surveillance Relating to Fixity and Flexibility, Enclosure and Openness
Surveillance Relating to Fixity and Flexibility, Enclosure and Openness

The second spatial vocabulary used to explore surveillance in its interactions with space draws upon Michel Foucault’s governmentality framework. As mentioned in Chapter 3, Foucault’s work conveys a marked interest in how the exercise of power relates to space. In the present chapter, with a view to further developing my terminological approach to surveillance, I focus in particular on Foucault’s elaboration of the spatial logics that characterize the apparatuses of ‘discipline’ and ‘security’ (Foucault, 2007a).

While Foucault attributes the emergence of disciplinary power to the eighteenth-century context of European modernity, he sees security as the logic of power that characterizes Western liberalism from the middle of the eighteenth ...

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