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’.

The Orchestration and Automatic Production of Space

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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