The Infrastructures of Security: Technologies of Risk Management in Johannesburg (African Perspectives) (Paperback)
In The Infrastructures of Security, author Martin J. Murray concentrates on not only the turn toward technological solutions to managing the risk of crime through digital (and software-based) surveillance and automated information systems, but also the introduction of somewhat bizarre and fly-by-night experimental “answers” to perceived risk and danger. Digitalized surveillance is significant for two reasons: first, it enables monitoring to take place across wide "geographical distances with little time delay"; and second, it allows for the active sorting, identification, and "tracking of bodies, behaviors, and characteristics of subject populations on a continuous, real-time basis." These new software-based surveillance technologies represent monitoring, tracking, and information gathering without walls, towers, or guards.
Martin J. Murray is Professor of Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.
“This book provides a wealth of data on technology driven security in South Africa, as well as vivid and detailed accounts of the workings of security and its connection to societal fears. The topic is of the utmost relevance for understanding contemporary societal configurations and the role/position of the various actors in creating them.”
—Federica Duca, University of the Witwatersrand
— Federica Duca