"Call for Papers - Issue 5(4): Surveillance and Inequality
Publication date: December 2007
Deadline for submissions: August 1st 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 rs 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 automatic prioritizing of services, rights, and mobilities in software-sorted service domains.
The control of women’s bodies, especially in regard to reproduction.
Monitoring of children or the elderly – or the monitoring of those charged with taking care of them."