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'Total Gating': Sociality and the Fortification of Networked Spaces

Hill, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3849-1170 (2012) 'Total Gating': Sociality and the Fortification of Networked Spaces. Mobilities, 7 (1). pp. 115-129.

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Starting with a description of Wynyard Park in Teesside, a development that combines gated residence, workplace and leisure space, ‘fear of the other’ is identified as a key but underexplored motivating force behind this kind of ‘total gating’, an argument based on existing empirical studies of gated communities. It is argued that a radical reading of Emmanuel Levinas’ ethics of the other can do the explanatory work that would flesh out this allusion to fear: first, by reading the unknowable Levinasian other as repulsive in his/her threat to the individual’s ontological security; and second, by making ontological insecurity fundamental to Levinas’ account of ethical sociality. To conclude, this work is then situated in a mobility/moorings discourse.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Mobilities, on 19/01/2012 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450101.2012.631814"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2012.631814
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3951

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