‘Surveillance society’ and the ‘Surveilled subject’: an exploration into contemporary surveillance and its subjective experience.

Harmer, Louise (2012) ‘Surveillance society’ and the ‘Surveilled subject’: an exploration into contemporary surveillance and its subjective experience. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Located within the context of wider academic debates, this dissertation examines contemporary surveillance and critically its subjective experience. Theoretically grounded and heavily informed by existing literature, established theory and substantive debates, with qualitative data analysis utilized to inject ‘realities’ and support conclusions formed.
    This research aims is to critically evaluate popular understandings of and responses to contemporary surveillance technologies, the rationalities directing these and accompanying reactionary practices. The central objective to produce a considered exploration into, in short, what we really think of the rise of the surveillance society, and why we respond the way we do from the continuum of rebellion to compliance.
    Critical evaluation of academic contributions, theoretical premises and primary research serve to exemplify contentious debates surrounding contemporary surveillance, social control and the complex nature of popular the opinions, reactions and governing rationalities within the ‘surveillance society’. Conclusions drawn issuing support for Hegemonic discourse and emergent Governmentality literature, with analysis illuminating the multiple, variable and often conflicting rationalities governing popular compliance with contemporary surveillance.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2013 09:12
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112

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