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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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