NOMINATED AND SHORT LISTED FOR THE SURVEILLANCE STUDIES BOOK PRIZE 2011! This theoretically informed research explores what the development and transformation of air travel has meant for societies and individuals. * Brings together a number of interdisciplinary approaches towards the aeroplane and its relation to society * Presents an original theory that our societies are aerial societies, or 'aerealities', and shows how we are both enabled and threatened by aerial mobility * Features a series of detailed international case studies which map the history of aviation over the past century - from the promises of early flight, to World War II bombing campaigns, and to the rise of international terrorism today * Demonstrates the transformational capacity of air transport to shape societies, bodies and individual identities * Offers startling historical evidence and bold new ideas about how the social and material spaces of the aeroplane are considered in the modern era
Peter Adey is Lecturer in Cultural Geography at Keele University, Staffordshire, England. His research interests include the study of mobility and cultures of aviation and security. Adey is the author of Mobility (2009).
List of Figures and Tables. Series Editors' Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. Prologue. Aerial Life. Powering Up Aerial Geographies. The Organization of the Book. Part I: Becoming Aerial. 2. Birth of the Aerial Body. Introduction. Beginnings. 'Handsome Is as Handsome Does': Disassembling the Aerial Body. The Flesh of the Aerial Youth. Simulation. Conclusion. 3. The Projection and Performance of Airspace. Introduction. Building a Political Space: Identity, Boundedness and the Sanctity of Territory. Undoing Aerial Space: Post-nationalism and Projective Power. Conclusion. Part II: Governing Aerial Life. 4. Aerial Views: Bodies, Borders and Biopolitics. Introduction. Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Targeting, Administering and Managing Populations. Techniques of the Observer/Observed. Three-Dimensional Vision. Conclusion. 5. Profiling Machines. Introduction. Imagining the Pilot/Passenger. Sorting. Modifying. Conclusion. Part III: Aerial Aggression. 6. Aerial Environments. Introduction. The Emergence of a Target. Systems, Circulations and Ecological Warfare. Air Conditioning. Conclusion. 7. Subjects under Siege. Warning. Introduction. The Anatomy of Panic. Imaginations and Urgencies. Vigilance and the Social as Circuit. Entrainment. Conclusion. 8. Conclusion. Environments. Futures. Aerial Turns. Notes. Bibliography. Index.