Surveillance, Architecture and Control

Discourses on Spatial Culture

  • Susan Flynn
  • Antonia Mackay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Susan Flynn, Antonia Mackay
    Pages 1-15
  3. Urban Landscapes and Spatial Surveillance

  4. Domestic Architecture and Houses of Horror

  5. International Spaces, Performativity and Identity

  6. Technological Cultures of Surveillance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Graydon Wetzler
      Pages 295-324
  7. Susan Flynn, Antonia Mackay
    Pages 325-332
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 333-335

About this book


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.


identity space domestic architecture art film American Literature urban planning geography built environment cities veillant viewing bodies popular culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Flynn
    • 1
  • Antonia Mackay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MediaLondon College of Communication University of the Arts LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Oxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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