By David Barnard-Wills
"Surveillance and id" analyses the discourse of surveillance within the modern uk, drawing upon public language from critical govt, governmental corporations, activist events, and from finance and banking. analyzing the logics of those discourses and revealing the style during which they build difficulties of governance within the mild of the lack of confidence of identification, this e-book exhibits how id is essentially associated with surveillance, as governmental discourses privilege surveillance as a reaction to social difficulties. In drawing hyperlinks among new applied sciences and nationwide surveillance tasks or issues surrounding phenomena akin to identification fraud, "Surveillance and id" offers a brand new realizing of identification - the version of 'surveillance id' - demonstrating that this can be utilized to members by way of robust companies even as the idea that is being actively contested in public language. the 1st finished learn of the discursive politics of surveillance within the united kingdom, this e-book makes major contributions to surveillance idea, governmentality concept, and to political and social id theories. As such, it will likely be of curiosity to social scientists of every kind engaged on questions of public discourse and political conversation, id, surveillance and the connection among the person and the nation.
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Extra resources for Surveillance and Identity: Discourse, Subjectivity and the State
Constructed and Secured Identity is contested. Identity is not an objective characteristic. This is obvious from contemporary theories of identity; however it also emerges in practices, where much surveillance activity is dedicated towards determining the identity of some unknown object. In these identification processes, identity is actively constructed. Gary Marx sets out the historical origins of this process when he argues; The nineteenth century ways of classifying individuals that Foucault associated with the development of institutions have continued to expand.
Haggerty and Ericson offer a theory of a new type of individual created by the surveillant assemblage raising questions about the nature of identity in surveillance societies. We are witnessing the formation and coalescence of a new type of body, a form of becoming which transcends human corporeality and reduces flesh to pure information. Culled from the tentacles of the surveillant assemblage, this new body is our ‘data double (2000:613). And while such doubles ostensibly refer back to particular individuals, they transcend a purely representational idiom.
A recent controversy involved undercover police surveillance of climate change activists organised through the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). An accusation levelled at ACPO was that it was a private organisation rather than a government body (and therefore did not have to respond to FOI requests) that was making police policy without appropriate accountability (Monbiot 2011). The visibility or awareness of a practice is the prerequisite to holding an actor to account for that practice.
Surveillance and Identity: Discourse, Subjectivity and the State by David Barnard-Wills