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Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity

Monahan, Torin
Publisher:  Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, USA
Year Published:  2010  
Pages:  226pp   ISBN:  978-0-8135-4765-7
Library of Congress Number:  HV6432.M647 2010   Dewey:  363.325/1630973
Resource Type:  Book

Threats of terrorism, natural disaster, identity theft, job loss, illegal immigration, and even biblical apocalypse — all are perils that trigger alarm in people today. Although there may be a factual basis for many of these fears, they do not simply represent objective conditions. Feelings of insecurity are instilled by politicians and the media, and sustained by urban fortification, technological surveillance, and economic vulnerability.

Abstract:  Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity fuses advanced theoretical accounts of state power and neoliberalism with original research from the social settings in which insecurity dynamics play out in the new century. Torin Monahan explores the counterterrorism-themed show 24, Rapture fiction, traffic control centers, security conferences, public housing, and gated communities, and examines how each manifests complex relationships of inequality, insecurity, and surveillance. Alleviating insecurity requires that we confront its mythic dimensions, the politics inherent in new configurations of security provision, and the structural obstacles to achieving equality in societies.

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