Chapter Four. Aerial Views: Bodies, Borders and Biopolitics

  1. Peter Adey

Published Online: 4 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324631.ch4

Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects

Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects

How to Cite

Adey, P. (2010) Aerial Views: Bodies, Borders and Biopolitics, in Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324631.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405182621

Online ISBN: 9781444324631



  • governing aerial life;
  • aerial views - bodies, borders and biopolitics;
  • seeing the wood for the trees - targeting, administering and managing populations;
  • aerial survey born in crucible of desert warfare - during First World War;
  • air-routes and pathway infrastructure - conducting aerial photography;
  • air-routes and commercial service infrastructure - in place for colony development;
  • topographical mapping - British intelligence operations in Palestine and Egypt;
  • scientific management of forestry by aerial photography - metaphor for aerial surveying purpose;
  • efficacy, the biggest controversy facing airport biometrics;
  • US-VISIT's ‘biometrics and you’ - placing the onus and responsibility for security upon consumer


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Targeting, Administering and Managing Populations

  • Techniques of the Observer/Observed

  • Three-Dimensional Vision

  • Conclusion