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 surveillance and space. In doing so, the book also advances a programmatic reflection on the very possibility of a ‘political geography of surveillance’.

Spatial Logics of Surveillance

Spatial Logics of Surveillance
Spatial Logics of Surveillance

If we are to explore and question the ways in which surveillance is bound up with space, we need to develop an appropriate vocabulary to do so. Essentially exploratory and programmatic in ambition, this second part of the book takes up this task. In so doing, my aim is to start laying the terminological grounds for a possible political geography of surveillance.

Here, I critically discuss three levels of terminology. The first is the vocabulary of points, lines and planes, together with derived notions such as nodes, networks and rings (Chapter 5). The second is the terminology of Foucauldian ‘spatial problems’, distinguishing between fixity, enclosure and internal organization on the one hand, and flexibility, openness and circulations on ...

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