This reference is a comprehensive study guide to the city. The text explains and evaluates the key ideas, informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates. Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy.

Terror and Surveillance

Terror and Surveillance

Terror and surveillance
JonCoaffee and David MurakamiWood

This Chapter

  • Argues that the city fulfils important defensive functions, protecting its citizens from particular threats, both internal and external
  • Focuses on recent threats to the city, suggesting that these have produced particular urban interventions and infrastructures designed to enhance urban surveillance
  • Concludes that despite the drive towards all-encompassing surveillance, fear can never be entirely removed; in fact, some forms of urban surveillance fuel fear


This chapter considers the changing nature of urban socio-spatiality in response to fear of war, crime and terrorism. It will work on two interweaving themes: first, the form, and second, the scale of surveillance strategies. Its central argument is that forms of socio-spatial control have undergone scalar changes, moving outwards from the city ...

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