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Part IV: The Socio-Spatial Implications of Surveillance

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The Socio-Spatial Implications of Surveillance
The Socio-Spatial Implications of Surveillance

The third analytical axis that cuts across my study of the surveillance–space nexus relates to the socio-spatial implications of surveillance. How does the contemporary proliferation and intensification of surveillance shape space in its materialities, meanings and social uses? What impact does surveillance have on the practices, perceptions and experiences of space? There are three main sub-themes to highlight.

The first sub-theme, entitled ‘distancing and separation’, is connected with the multiplication of socio-technical mediations implied by IT-based forms of surveillance. Traditionally, social control takes place as a result of the concurrent presence and mutual, face-to-face control of those occupying the same space at the same time (Berger and Luckmann, 1966). Techno-mediated surveillance, in contrast, relies on numerous ...

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