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Surveillance and embodiment: dispositifs of capture

French, M.; Smith, G. J. D.

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This article provides an introduction to a special issue of Body & Society that explores the surveillance--embodiment nexus. It accentuates both the prevalence and consequence of bodies being increasingly converted into ‘objects of information’ by surveillance technologies and systems. We begin by regarding the normalcy of body monitoring in contemporary life, illustrating how a plurality of biometric scanners operate to intermediate the physical surfaces and subjective depths of bodies in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFrench, M.
dc.contributor.authorSmith, G. J. D.
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-29T05:20:56Z
dc.date.available2016-09-29T05:20:56Z
dc.identifier.issn1357-034X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/109113
dc.description.abstractThis article provides an introduction to a special issue of Body & Society that explores the surveillance--embodiment nexus. It accentuates both the prevalence and consequence of bodies being increasingly converted into ‘objects of information’ by surveillance technologies and systems. We begin by regarding the normalcy of body monitoring in contemporary life, illustrating how a plurality of biometric scanners operate to intermediate the physical surfaces and subjective depths of bodies in accordance with various concerns. We focus on everyday experiences of bodily intermediation by surveillant dispositifs, and consider the broader political, epistemological, and ontological significance of these processes. We then point to the substantive intersections and divergences existing between body and surveillance studies. We conclude with an overview of the five articles appearing in this special issue. We describe how each contribution creates a template for imagining what a body is, and what a body might become, in a culture defined by proliferating data sharing behaviours, systems of codification, and practices of intermediation.
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2016
dc.sourceBody & Society
dc.subjectaffect
dc.subjectbiometrics
dc.subjectdata
dc.subjectembodiment
dc.subjectintermediation
dc.subjectsurveillance
dc.titleSurveillance and embodiment: dispositifs of capture
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume22
dc.date.issued2016
local.publisher.urlhttps://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/home
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSmith, G. J. D., Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage3
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage27
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1357034X16643169
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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