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Surveillance, the systematic collection of information for purposes of control, is a key mode of social and spatial urban ordering. From their foundation, cities have been locations for surveillance, but it was only with the modern period that surveillance came to infiltrate many practices of urban management from factories to policing. Now, in cities dominated by neoliberal economics, risk management, and multiple fears, increasingly technologically sophisticated surveillance, from biometric closed circuit television (CCTV) to geodemographic profiling, produces new forms of urban division.


Surveillance may be considered as the systematic collection, classification, and sorting of information about subject populations for the purposes of behavioral adjustment or control. As such it is crucial to our understanding of the evolution of the city and of modernity. It is ...

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