chapter  3
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The City of Control and the Polis

This chapter argues that the city and cyberspace are both subject to the same two competing urban models, which I shall call the “control” and the “polis” models. The fi rst may also be seen as a “police” model, and the second as a “freedom” model, accordingly also allowing for the control/freedom or the police/polis opposition. The “control” terminology is in part courtesy of Gilles Deleuze’s concept of “the society of control” (mentioned in Chapter 2 and to be discussed later in this chapter). Each of these models is defi ned by its own distinctive spatial logics-the principles governing the organization of space and the strategic, material forms that economic and political power assumes in them.