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Disciplinary Power, the Oligopticon and Rhizomatic Surveillance in Elite Sports Academies


Manley, A and Palmer, C and Roderick, M, Disciplinary Power, the Oligopticon and Rhizomatic Surveillance in Elite Sports Academies, Surveillance & Society, 10, (3) pp. 303-319. ISSN 1477-7487 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.24908/ss.v10i3/4.4281


This article aims to apply a post-panoptic view of surveillance within the context of elite sport. Latour’s (2005) ‘oligopticon’ and Deleuze and Guttari’s (2003) ‘rhizomatic’ notion of surveillance networks are adopted to question the relevance and significance of Foucault’s (1979) conceptualisation of surveillance within an elite sports academy setting. A contemporary representation of bio-politics (Rose 1999, 2001) is further utilised to discern the mode of governance and control effective within such institutions. In so doing, this article seeks to understand the evolving methods of surveillance technology and governance and how they are situated within the setting of a contemporary institution. Such considerations aim to provoke a line of questioning surrounding the normalisation of intrusive surveillance practices and their impact upon identity construction and an authentic sense of self.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Organised sports
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:84902
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-06-05
Last Modified:2018-04-06
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