Politics at the Airport

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816650149
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Adey is professor of human geography in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Airport Assemblage Mark B. Salter Salter, Mark B.

1 The Global Airport: Managing Space, Speed, and Security Mark B. Salter Salter, Mark B. 1

2 Filtering Flows, Friends, and Foes: Global Surveillance David Lyon Lyon, David 29

3 Unsafe at Any Altitude: The Comparative Politics of No-Fly Lists in the United States and Canada Colin J. Bennett Bennett, Colin J. 51

4 Mobility and Border Security: The U.S. Aviation System, the State, and the Rise of Public-Private Partnerships Gallya Lahav Lahav, Gallya 77

5 Airport Surveillance between Public and Private Interests: CCTV at Geneva International Airport Francisco R. Klauser Klauser, Francisco R. Jean Ruegg Ruegg, Jean Valerie November November, Valerie 105

6 Travelers, Borders, Dangers: Locating the Political at the Biometric Border Benjamin J. Muller Muller, Benjamin J. 127

7 Mobilities and Modulations: The Airport as a Difference Machine Peter Adey Adey, Peter 145

8 Welcome to Windows 2.1: Motion Aesthetics at the Airport Gillian Fuller Fuller, Gillian 161

Contributors 175

Index 177

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