Southern European Panopticon: (Video) Surveillance, Public Space and the Urban Politics

Author/s Simone Tulumello
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/107
Language Italian Pages 22 P. 30-51 File size 1431 KB
DOI 10.3280/ASUR2013-107003
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In the last decade, video-surveillance systems became a common presence in the urban public spaces. Many studies have described such processes and their relationships with global concerns on security but not very much has been said about the role of spatial planning and of local micro-politics of urban space. In this paper, the author builds on Foucault’s reading of Bentham’s panopticon to debate the consistence of surveillance systems in two southern European cities, Lisbon and Palermo, in order to debate the role of urban planning in the ongoing processes.

Keywords: Videosurveillance; panopticon; urban public space; control; Southern Europe; urban politics.

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Simone Tulumello, Panopticon sud-europeo: (video) sorveglianza, spazio pubblico e politiche urbane in "ARCHIVIO DI STUDI URBANI E REGIONALI" 107/2013, pp 30-51, DOI: 10.3280/ASUR2013-107003