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Media, Surveillance and Identity

Social Perspectives


Edited By André Jansson and Miyase Christensen

How do individuals perceive the increasingly open-ended nature of mediated surveillance? In what ways are mediated surveillance practices interwoven with identity processes, political struggles, expression of dissent and the production of social space? One of the most significant issues in contemporary society is the complex forms and conflicting meanings surveillance takes. Media, Surveillance and Identity addresses the need for contextualized social perspectives within the study of mediated surveillance. The volume takes account of dominant power structures (such as state surveillance and commercial surveillance) and social reproduction as well as political economic considerations, counter-privacy discourses, and class and gender hegemonies. Some chapters analyse particular media types, formats or platforms (such as loyalty cards or location based services), while others account for the composite dynamics of media ensembles within particular spaces of surveillance or identity creation (such as consumerism or the domestic sphere). Through empirically grounded research, the volume seeks to advance a complex framework of research for future scrutiny as well as rethinking the very concept of surveillance. In doing so, it offers a unique contribution to contemporary debates on the social implications of mediated practices and surveillance cultures.
Contents: Miyase Christensen: Complicit Surveillance and Mediatized Geographies of Visibility – Nils Zurawski: Consuming Surveillance: Mediating Control Practices Through Consumer Culture and Everyday Life – Thomas Allmer/Christian Fuchs/Verena Kreilinger/Sebastian Sevignani: Social Networking Sites in the Surveillance Society: Critical Perspectives and Empirical Findings – David Lyon: The Emerging Surveillance Culture – Mark Andrejevic: The Infinite Debt of Surveillance in the Digital Economy – Lee Humphreys: Mobile Social Networks and Surveillance: Users’ Perspective – Jennie Germann Molz: Collaborative Surveillance and Technologies of Trust: Online Reputation Systems in the «New» Sharing Economy – André Jansson: Textures of Interveillance: A Socio-Material Approach to the Appropriation of Transmedia Technologies in Domestic Life – David Barnard-Wills: The Non-Consensual Hallucination: The Politics of Online Privacy – Liisa A. Mäkinen/Hille Koskela: Surveillance as a Reality Game – Katrien Jacobs: Sexual Bodies and Surveillance Excess on the Chinese Internet – Patrick Burkart/Jonas Andersson Schwarz: Post-Privacy and Ideology.