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Surveillance, Architecture and Control

Discourses on Spatial Culture

Editors: Flynn, Susan, Mackay, Antonia (Eds.)

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  • Offers a unique insight into the ways in which architecture contributes to cultural notions of surveillance
  • Constitutes the first multidisciplinary account which examines how architecture and the built environment’s surveilling qualities can affect identity
  • Engages with issues of geographical space, domestic architecture, literary, artistic, film and popular cultural analysis
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This edited collection examines the culture of surveillance as it is expressed in the built environment. Expanding on discussions from previous collections; Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves (2017) and Surveillance, Race, Culture (2018), this book seeks to explore instances of surveillance within and around specific architectural entities, both historical and fictitious, buildings with specific social purposes and those existing in fiction, film, photography, performance and art. Providing new readings of, and expanding on Foucault’s work on the panopticon, these essays examine the role of surveillance via disparate fields of enquiry, such as the humanities, social sciences, technological studies, design and environmental disciplines. Surveillance, Architecture and Control seeks to engender new debates about the nature of the surveilled environment through detailed analyses of architectural structures and spaces; examining how cultural, geographical and built space buttress and produce power relations. The various essays address the ongoing fascination with contemporary notions of surveillance and control.

About the authors

Susan Flynn is a lecturer at the University of the Arts, London, UK. She specialises in visual culture, digital media, identity and equality studies.

Antonia Mackay is a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She specialises in American literature and culture, twentieth and twenty-first century literature and cultural and media studies.


Reviews

“Surveillance, architecture and control is a key text for all scholars who are researching surveillance regardless of their discipline. The different sections in this book show the wide variety of surveilled spaces and they reveal the potential for further analysis into the relationship between surveillance and architecture. ... a cultural studies approach to surveillance studies enriches the discussions and debates in this field and it demonstrates why a transdisciplinary approach to surveillance studies is necessary.” (Jade Hinchliffe, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, Vol. 7 (1), 2019)


“Buildings will never seem quite the same again. This collection gives us a key to create better environments and to inhabit them more critically.” (Eric Stoddart, University of St Andrews, Scotland)

 

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-15

    Flynn, Susan (et al.)

  • Exercising Control at the Urban Scale: Towards a Theory of Spatial Organisation and Surveillance

    Pages 19-56

    Reeve, Alan

  • Staying Awake in the Psychetecture of the City: Surveillance, Architecture, and Control in Miracleman and Mister X

    Pages 57-76

    Tembo, Kwasu D.

  • Surveillance and Spatial Performativity in the Scenography of Tower

    Pages 77-98

    Thornett, Lucy

  • Houses, Homes, and the Horrors of a Suburban Identity Politic

    Pages 101-117

    Meloche, Jaclyn

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Surveillance, Architecture and Control
Book Subtitle
Discourses on Spatial Culture
Editors
  • Susan Flynn
  • Antonia Mackay
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00371-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00371-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00370-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 335
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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