Thursday, 6 October 2011

UK News Media Discourses of Surveillance

I have a new article out.

It's titled 'UK News Media discourses of Surveillance', and is published in volume 52, issue 4 of Sociological Quarterly. Link here - if the journal paywall is insurmountable, then contact me and we'll see what we can do.

This article examines the findings of a discursive analysis of UK newspapers to determine how practices of surveillance are represented. Drawing upon Deleuze and Guattari, the article argues for the importance of examining the linguistic and enunciative components of surveillant assemblages. The article shows how representations of surveillance practices in the UK media are split between two evaluative schemas. One is a discourse of appropriate surveillance, which draws upon discourses of crime prevention, counterterrorism, and national security. The second is a discourse of inappropriate surveillance that draws upon discourses of privacy, Big Brother, and personal liberty.

It's part of a special section of the journal on Surveillance as Cultural Practice. Very happy to be a part of that. 

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