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The surveillance of ‘prolific’ offenders: Beyond ‘docile bodies’ - Punishment & Society

The surveillance of ‘prolific’ offenders: Beyond ‘docile bodies’

Michael McCahill and Rachel L Finn

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This article uses ethnographic research to explore how a sample of state-defined ‘prolific’ offenders living in Northern City (a small city in the North of England) experience and respond to a surveillance regime which includes ‘appointments’, ‘tracking’, ‘interviews’, ‘drug testing’, ‘electronic monitoring’, ‘home visits’ and ‘intelligence-led policing’. While some writers have argued that the experience of ‘house arrest’ and electronic monitoring is consistent with ‘disciplinary power’ and the ‘self-governing capabilities’ identified by Foucault, our article interweaves surveillance theory with the work of Pierre Bourdieu to argue that the ‘surveilled’ are a group of creative ‘social actors’ who may negotiate, modify, evade or contest surveillance practices.

 

 

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Reddit co-founder dead at 26

Reddit co-founder dead at 26 | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
The young digital activist and political organiser who built the popular website Reddit is reported to have committed suicide on Friday in New York, just weeks before he was to go on trial for downloading millions of on-line scientific articles...
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Telstra invests in new surveillance service | ZDNet

Telstra invests in new surveillance service | ZDNet | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
A fire detection and tracking system being trialled during Victoria's Black Saturday fires in 2009, which could have helped save more lives, has finally reached commercial footing.
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Scotland Yard officer made 'extremely stupid' decision to give News of the World information about new phone hacking inquiry

Scotland Yard officer made 'extremely stupid' decision to give News of the World information about new phone hacking inquiry | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
A senior officer at Scotland Yard made an “extremely stupid” decision to give the News of the World information about a new police inquiry into phone hacking, her lawyer admitted today.
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Accused Picasso Vandal Surrenders at US-Mexico Border - New York Times (blog)

Accused Picasso Vandal Surrenders at US-Mexico Border - New York Times (blog) | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it

 A cellphone video depicting a man in the act of vandalizing a Picasso painting in Houston ...

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Police: Suspect accused of sexual assault contacted girls through Facebook

Police: Suspect accused of sexual assault contacted girls through Facebook | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
Paul Joseph CrepsCourtesy of WCSO A 23-year-old Ypsilanti Township man arraigned Wednesday on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct is suspected of contacting underage ...
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Dominicans block return of Haitians at border post - WSLS

Dominicans block return of Haitians at border post - WSLS | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
Dominicans block return of Haitians at border post WSLS SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Roughly 2,000 undocumented Haitian workers who returned to their homeland for the holidays were being prevented from reentering the Dominican Republic at...
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ASIC seizes Whitehaven hoaxer's property

ASIC seizes Whitehaven hoaxer's property | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
THE activist at the heart of the Whitehaven Coal hoax says the corporate watchdog has seized his phone and laptop.
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Judge cuts possible sentence for Bradley Manning

Judge cuts possible sentence for Bradley Manning | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
Pfc. Bradley Manning suffered illegal pretrial punishment while in a Marine Corps brig, a military judge ruled Tuesday as she reduced a potential sentence for the former Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking hordes of classified documents.
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US Surveillance Law May Poorly Protect New Text Message Services

US Surveillance Law May Poorly Protect New Text Message Services | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
Internet-based text message apps are one of the most common means of communicating today.
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Police see mixed blessings in social media missing persons campaigns

Police see mixed blessings in social media missing persons campaigns | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
SOCIAL media campaigns are becoming increasingly valuable in finding missing persons, but police have warned they could hinder official investigations.
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Universal electronic ID must be offered

Universal electronic ID must be offered | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
The Australian government needs to adopt a 'one-click' mentality, argues Paul Fletcher.
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Border Patrol Still Preventing Photography Despite Pending Lawsuit

Border Patrol Still Preventing Photography Despite Pending Lawsuit | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
  From the southern American border to the northern American border, the United States Border Patrol has been flexing its federal muscle in trying to crackdown on photographers near checkpoints. But it is highly questionable as to whether it has...
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Parents in limbo on Newstart swap

Parents in limbo on Newstart swap | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of Australian parents with concession cards are in limbo as the government switches them to Newstart from the single-parenting payment.
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Man in serious condition with head injuries after Melbourne CBD assault captured on CCTV

Man in serious condition with head injuries after Melbourne CBD assault captured on CCTV | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
POLICE were alerted to an inner-city assault which left a man with serious head injuries yesterday after staff monitoring CCTV cameras raised the alarm.
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Defense laywers in Anikow killing ask gag order on CCTV footage in YouTube - Philippine Star

 MANILA, Philippines - Lawyers representing the four men accused of beating and stabbing 41-year old Marine George Anikow in Makati City last November on...

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Google, Facebook May See Tougher Data Use Rules in Europe

Google, Facebook May See Tougher Data Use Rules in Europe | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
Companies like Google and Facebook, which collect and reuse data from customers, could face new EU restrictions, according to a report.
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No more paper Social Security checks come March

No more paper Social Security checks come March | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
Americans still receiving paper checks for Social Security and other federal benefits have less than two months left to switch to direct deposits or prepaid debit cards.
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Experts: Drones basis for new global arms race - USA TODAY

Experts: Drones basis for new global arms race - USA TODAY | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
Experts: Drones basis for new global arms race USA TODAY The number of countries that have acquired or developed drones expanded to more than 75, up from about 40 in 2005, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of...
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Victoria Police Chief Ken Lay says Facebook 'acts inappropriately' and wants answers

Victoria Police Chief Ken Lay says Facebook 'acts inappropriately' and wants answers | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
VICTORIA'S chief commissioner Ken Lay believes Facebook acts inappropriately when it comes to people's privacy and has warned people to exercise caution when uploading images onto the site.
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TSA: Fewer Utah passengers trying to board with firearms - Salt Lake Tribune

TSA: Fewer Utah passengers trying to board with firearms - Salt Lake Tribune | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it

TSA officers at Salt Lake City International Airport detected 20 firearms (down from 26 in 2011), while two handguns were found in carry-on luggage at the Provo...

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Killer in waiting: How should society deal with Kayla Bourque?

There's a ticking time-bomb quality to the story of Kayla Bourque, the 23-year-old former university student whose release from jail this week prompted a rare public warning from authorities.
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Attack on man outside The Alfred hospital in Prahran caught on CCTV, police appeal for help

Attack on man outside The Alfred hospital in Prahran caught on CCTV, police appeal for help | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
UPDATE: A MAN in his 60s was pile-driven head first into the footpath in a sickening road rage attack outside one of Melbourne’s largest hospitals.
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Suspected US drone found off Philippines

Suspected US drone found off Philippines | Surveillance Studies | Scoop.it
PHILIPPINE navy officials say a suspected American drone has been found floating in the ocean, prompting them to deploy a ship with ordnance experts after fishermen reported the object may have been a bomb.
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