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Difficulties in revitalising public space by CCTV.

Klauser, F. (2007) 'Difficulties in revitalising public space by CCTV.', European urban and regional studies., 14 (4). pp. 337-348.

Abstract

This article critically assesses the adequacy of CCTV as an instrument to revitalize urban areas suffering from concentrated social disadvantage. Empirically, it focuses on the video-surveillance of street prostitution in the Swiss city of Olten. This CCTV system was installed at the beginning of 2001 and focuses on an urban `hot spot' used by different types of marginalized social groups. In the Olten case-study, video-surveillance is examined as it is understood and perceived both by the population at large and by daily users of the monitored area. In investigating whether surveillance cameras render monitored areas accessible to people erstwhile excluded from that space because of their negative subjective perception of risks, this article puts particular emphasis on the phenomenon of `distanciation' caused by CCTV. By showing that CCTV is forgotten very quickly and felt to be somehow unreal against the background of everyday social activities in monitored areas, this approach also stresses that CCTV is very limited as an instrument to revitalize public places of fear.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:CCTV, City, Distanciation, Public space, Social control.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969776407081166
Record Created:27 Jan 2009
Last Modified:13 Apr 2010 14:25

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