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Klauser, F. (2017). Surveillance and space, London: SAGE Publications Ltd

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’.

Introduction: Governing the Everyday in the Digital Age
Part I: Conceptual foundations
Chapter 1: Surveillance and the Everyday
Chapter 2: Surveillance and Mediation
Chapter 3: Surveillance and Power
Chapter 4: Surveillance and Space

Part II: Spatial Logics of Surveillance
Chapter 5: Punctual, Linear and Planar Logics of Surveillance
Chapter 6: Surveillance relating to Fixity and Flexibility, Enclosure and Openness
Chapter 7: Spherical Attributes of Surveillance

Part III: The Functioning of Surveillance in its Relation to Space
Chapter 8: Surveillance, Authority and Expertise
Chapter 9: Policy Mobilities and Exemplification in Surveillance Matters

Part IV: The Socio-spatial Implications of Surveillance
Chapter 10: Spatial Distancing and Separation
Chapter 11: The Orchestration and Automatic Production of Space

Conclusion: Towards a Political Geography of Surveillance

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