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Rearranging Urban Space

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  • Francesca Menichelli

    (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy)

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This article investigates what happens to urban space once an open-street CCTV system is implemented, framing the analysis in terms of the wider struggle that unfolds between different urban stakeholders for the definition of acceptability in public space. It is argued that, while the use of surveillance cameras was initially seen as functional to the enforcement of tighter control and to the de-complexification of urban space so as to make policing easier, a shift has now taken place in the articulation of this goal. As a result, it has slowly progressed to affect the wider field of sociability, with troubling consequences for the public character of public space. In light of this development, the article concludes by making the case for a normative stance to be taken in order to increase fairness and diversity in the city.

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  • Francesca Menichelli, 2013. "Rearranging Urban Space," International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), IGI Global, vol. 2(4), pages 13-26, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jepr00:v:2:y:2013:i:4:p:13-26
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