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Crime, Bodies and Space: Towards an Ethical Approach to Urban Policies in the Information Age

Crime, Bodies and Space: Towards an Ethical Approach to Urban Policies in the Information Age
 

With cities increasingly following rigid rules for designing out crime and producing spaces under surveillance, this book asks how information shapes bodies, space, and, ultimately, policymaking. In recent years, public spaces have changed in Western countries, with the urban rea... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780367075996
Barcode 9780367075996
Release Date 4 December 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Tedeschi, Miriam
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ISBN-13 9780367075996
ISBN-10 0367075997
Stock Release date is 4 December 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Release Date 4 December 2019
International Release Date 30 April 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Tedeschi, Miriam
Category Social Institutions
Crime & Criminology
Social Law
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

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With cities increasingly following rigid rules for designing out crime and producing spaces under surveillance, this book asks how information shapes bodies, space, and, ultimately, policymaking. In recent years, public spaces have changed in Western countries, with the urban realm turning more and more into a monitored, privatised, homogeneous and aseptic space that has lost its character, uniqueness and diversity in the name of `security'. This underpins precise moral and political choices in terms of what a space should be, how it can be used, and by whom. These choices generate material consequences concerning urban inequality and freedom, or otherwise, of movement. Based on ethnographic and autoethnographic explorations in London's `criminal' spaces, this book illustrates how rules, policies and moral values, far from being abstract concepts, are in fact material. Outlining the basis of a new urban information ethics, the book both exposes and challenges how moral values and predefined categories are applied to, and materially shape, the movement of bodies in urban space with regard to crime and security policies. Drawing on Gilbert Simondon's information theory and a wide range of work in urban studies, geography, and planning, as well as in surveillance studies, object-oriented ontology, and contemporary theoretical work on both materiality and affect, the book provides a radically new perspective on urban space in general, and crime and security in particular. This book uses a balanced mix of theoretical concepts and empirical study to bring theory and practice together in an intertwining of ethnography and autoethnography. The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the field of urban studies, urban geography, sociology, surveillance studies, legal theory, socio-legal studies, planning law, environmental law and land law.

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Author's Bio

Miriam Tedeschi is currently a PostDoc researcher at the Department of Geography and Geology, Division of Geography, at the University of Turku. She holds a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and Public Policies (IUAV University, Venice) and has been a visiting researcher at the Law and Theory Lab, University of Westminster, London.

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