[URBANTH-L]CFP: Surveillance and Inequality (deadline: July 15, 2007)
torin.monahan at asu.edu
Wed Apr 11 22:28:36 EDT 2007
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Surveillance & Society Call for Papers
Special Issue on Surveillance and Inequality: Issue 5(4)
(Guest editors: Torin Monahan and Jill A. Fisher)
Publication date: December 2007
Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2007
Many domains of social life are being
transfigured by new technologies of
identification, monitoring, tracking, data
analysis, and control. The lived experiences of
people subjected to surveillance, however, can
vary widely along lines of race, class, gender,
sexual orientation, age, and nationality. This
can be seen with the enforcement of different
types of mobilities for different categories of
people, whether at borders, on city streets, or
on the Internet. It can also be observed with
the increasingly invasive monitoring and
discipline of those accessing public services,
such as welfare, public education, or healthcare,
especially in the U.S. It can be perceived in
security-screening and police-profiling
practices, which continue to rely upon racial
markers of risk. Or inequality can be found in
the uneven treatment of individuals by insurance
providers, credit agencies, service centers, or
other commercial entities. Regardless of the
domain, new surveillance systems appear to
amplify existing social inequalities and
establish rationales for increased control of marginalized groups in societies.
The journal Surveillance & Society is seeking
papers that examine issues of surveillance and
inequality. The editors are especially
interested in research papers that address the
differential effects of surveillance upon
marginalized and privileged social
groups. Whereas surveillance studies inquiry
often begins with technology as a starting point
for analysis, we welcome papers that start with
descriptions of power relations in any social
settings and then move to illustrate the role of
surveillance technologies or practices in the
regulation of those settings. We further
encourage contributions that theorize the
relationship of the political economy to
surveillance and inequality, whether by attending
to globalization processes, neoliberal policies,
or military operations. Finally, we are also
quite interested in papers that seek to
demonstrate or theorize the empowering potential
of surveillance systems to correct social inequalities.
Possible papers could investigate the role of surveillance in:
* The regulation of gender or status relations in places of employment.
* Socio-spatial segregation in cities,
suburbs, exurbs, or rural communities.
* The restructuring or elimination of public
programs and spaces (or citizen rights) by
neoliberal policies which could include a focus
on schools, welfare, healthcare, voting, etc.
* Racial or ethnic profiling by police,
security personnel, or immigration agents.
* The enforcement of differential mobilities
(along with inquiry into the relationship of
mobilities to the life chances and well-being of travelers).
* The automatic prioritizing of services,
rights, and mobilities in software-sorted service domains.
* The control of womens bodies, especially in regard to reproduction.
* Monitoring of children or the elderly or
the monitoring of those charged with taking care of them.
* The militarization of borders and the
corresponding dangers faced by undocumented immigrants, refugees, and others.
Submissions should be sent electronically to
Emily Smith, at smithea at post.queensu.ca by 15
July 2007 with a publication date of December 2007.
We welcome full academic papers, opinion pieces,
review pieces, poetry, artistic, and audio-visual
submissions. Submissions will undergo a
peer-review and revision process prior to
publication. Submissions should be original
work, neither previously published nor under
consideration for publication elsewhere. All
references to previous work by contributors
should be masked in the text (e.g., Author,
2007). Please see:
www.surveillance-and-society.org/call.htm for further submission guidelines.
Arizona State University
School of Justice & Social Inquiry
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