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Spaces of SecurityEthnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance, and Control$
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Setha Low and Mark Maguire

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479863013

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479863013.001.0001

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From Panopticon to Panasonic

From Panopticon to Panasonic

The Architecture of Fear in Mega-Events

(p.99) 4 From Panopticon to Panasonic
Spaces of Security

Carmen Rial

NYU Press

This chapter explores current forms of controls created for, tested and applied during mega-events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cups and important football games in general, attempting to show that the new technologies of control are a step forward in Foucault’s disciplinary society. The initial assumption is that whenever the nature of fear evolves, there is a corresponding change in urban and architecture design. Ethnographic observations in stadiums in Brazil and critical discourse analyses of documents from the Olympic Games Organizing Committee, FIFA, and feature press articles show the fear that leads to segregation, and the strategies put in place to guarantee social cleavage, exclusion and therefore social homogeneity. I argue that security at sport sites might anticipate security strategies in other spaces, leading to segregations of class, race, religion, gender and age. And, that local incidents are critical events that shaped global security strategies.

Keywords:   Football stadium, urban space, security technology, violence, critical events

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