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Chapter 11: The Orchestration and Automatic Production of Space

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The Orchestration and Automatic Production of Space
The Orchestration and Automatic Production of Space

An increasingly sophisticated body of research suggests that surveillance should be critically approached not only as a potential threat to privacy, but also as a tool of social sorting that raises important power issues (Lyon, 2003a; Graham, 2005). The key idea is that techniques for the accumulation and analysis of information also allow the categorization, profiling and thus differential treatment of individuals and social groups. The present chapter frames this issue in spatial terms: How does surveillance orchestrate (restrict/facilitate/organize) flows and presences in and through particular spaces?

This investigation connects with a growing body of work that points to the influence of surveillance strategies with regard to how particular places are being ...

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