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The Individual and Everyday Surveillance


Lee, A, The Individual and Everyday Surveillance, Emerging and Enduring Inequalities - The 2012 Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 26-29 November 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-0-646-58783-7 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Surveillance is common in modern society, with individuals subject to many forms of data collection and monitoring in everyday life. Many of these forms are through information and communications technologies (ICTs), which hold an ever increasing place in modern living. To understand this trend, surveillance theories have shifted from Foucauldian influenced panoptic surveillance towards post-panoptic approaches. However, there is little consideration given to the individual's experience of surveillance within these theories. This is problematic, as in order to sufficiently address the implications of surveillance, the individualís experience of surveillance must be considered (Friesen, Chung and Feenberg 2006). This article explores the panoptic and post-panoptic approaches to surveillance, and the ways in which ICT surveillance is integrated into everyday life, and highlights how there is a gap in surveillance studies literature regarding how the individual experiences surveillance. More recent post-panoptic approaches such as the surveillant assemblage (Haggerty and Ericson 2000) are identified as holding few additional contributions to this gap. Instead, it is Foucaultís writings that are more insightful, despite being sometime dismissed in surveillance studies. The article concludes by suggesting that a greater recognition of the positive contributions of surveillance theory would be more productive for surveillance studies than a paradigm shift.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:surveillance, experience, ICT's, panopticism, post-panopticism, everyday life
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lee, A (Mr Ashlin Lee)
ID Code:84581
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2013-05-21
Last Modified:2014-08-13
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