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The digital age is also a surveillance age. Today, computerized systems protect and manage our everyday life; the increasing number of surveillance cameras in public places, the computerized loyalty systems of the retail sector, geo-localized smart–phone applications, or smart traffic and navigation systems. Surveillance is nothing fundamentally new, and yet more and more questions are being asked:  • Who monitors whom, and how and why?  • How do surveillance techniques affect socio-spatial practices and relationships?  • How do they shape the fabrics of our cities, our mobilities, the spaces of the everyday?  • And what are the implications in terms of border control and the exercise of political power? Surveillance and Space responds to these modern questions by exploring the complex and varied interactions between ...

Spherical Attributes of Surveillance
Spherical Attributes of Surveillance

The Sloterdijkian terminology of ‘bubbles’, ‘globes’ and ‘foams’ (Sloterdijk, 1998; 1999; 2004) offers a third set of metaphors for exploring the spatial logics of surveillance. This chapter takes up the task of operationalizing the three terms for my purposes, and of applying them to the problematic of surveillance. By explicitly conveying a dimension of volume, such is my basic argument, the three terms complement the spatial metaphors described previously in drawing attention to the spheric attributes, forces and implications of contemporary surveillance measures. Thus my discussion here is motivated by the perceived inadequacy of the aforementioned graphic and Foucauldian vocabularies for figuratively and analytically capturing the inherent, relationally composed sphericality of the studied spaces of surveillance. Leading ...

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