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Mundane GovernanceOntology and Accountability$
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Steve Woolgar and Daniel Neyland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584741.001.0001

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Spaces of governance

Spaces of governance

(p.166) 7 Spaces of governance
Mundane Governance

Steve Woolgar

Daniel Neyland

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 considers the spaces of airports as locales through which governance is accomplished. It draws together material from a guided tour of the airport terminal conducted by managers of that terminal with a series of ethnographies completed by passengers seeking to catch planes. Accountability relations in the space of the airport are almost limitless in number and combination. The constitution of accountability relations, audiences, expectations, outcomes, and consequences for action are an ongoing feature of the airport and the terminal managers’ jobs. In place of any counter expectations that the airport terminal space accomplishes governable and orderly transit of passengers or that passengers accomplish an orderly transit through the space by drawing on the airport’s wayfinding systems, the chapter uncovers a series of actions that accomplish more or less orderly spaces, transits, passengers, wayfinding systems, managers of terminals, and airport processes.

Keywords:   Airports, managers, passenger ethnographies, architecture, wayfinding, spatial governance, RFID

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