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John Michael Roberts

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308225

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308225.001.0001

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Zoning public space 2:

Zoning public space 2:

gentrification, community publics and CCTV

(p.133) Seven Zoning public space 2
New media and public activism

John Michael Roberts

Policy Press

This chapter situates the surveillance of urban public space within the context of the gentrification of cities. In particular, it traces how the redevelopment and gentrification of major cities since the 1980s has zoned and accentuated urban space into distinct places of social class and social divisions. CCTV is also a factor in establishing these exclusionary zones to the extent that they can help to ensure that gentrified space remains ‘clean’ space for neoliberal capital. The chapter then shows how these zones have made it more difficult for some community members to get their voices heard in the public sphere, but also how these community publics have their own inherent contradictions.

Keywords:   CCTV, community publics, gentrification, public-private partnerships, public space

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