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Politics at the Airportby Mark B. Salter
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Edited by Salter (political science, U. of Ottawa, Canada), this volume brings together scholars from geography, sociology, cultural theory, and political science to discuss politics at the airport--"how movement, architectural spaces, discourses, and technologies are deployed to shape and structure the social sorting of safe and dangerous travelers." The eight essays examine the way that national and international regulations and practices structure airport management, the airport as a site identity data filter enabled by surveillance, the legal and bureaucratic scope of the "no-fly lists" in the United States and Canada, the privatization of border functions within the American aviation security system, the architectural geography of closed circuit television surveillance at the Geneva International Airport, biometric technologies and techniques of social control, and social and economic sorting at the airport. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Few sites are more symbolic of both the opportunities and vulnerabilities of contemporary globalization than the international airport.
Politics at the Airport brings together leading scholars to examine how airports both shape and are shaped by current political, social, and economic conditions. Focusing on the ways that airports have become securitized, the essays address a wide range of practices and technologies—from architecture, biometric identification, and CCTV systems to “no-fly lists” and the privatization of border control—now being deployed to frame the social sorting of safe and potentially dangerous travelers.
This provocative volume broadens our understanding of the connections among power, space, bureaucracy, and migration while establishing the airport as critical to the study of politics and global life.
Contributors: Peter Adey, Colin J. Bennett, Gillian Fuller, Francisco R. Klauser, Gallya Lahav, David Lyon, Benjamin J. Muller, Valérie November, Jean Ruegg.
About the Author
Peter Adey is professor of human geography in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London.
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