Managing Dangerous Populations: Colonial Legacies of Security and Surveillance
Sociological Forum, Vol. 28, No. 3, Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (2013, Forthcoming)
6 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2013
Date Written: June 24, 2013
We associate practices of surveillance of population with modernity, and intensification of practices of security with the last decade defined by the “Global War on Terror”. I argue that what Bajc calls “security meta-framing” begins in the colonies and intensifies with de-colonization and immigration in the second half of the 20th century. I suggest that situating the sociological study of security within the global and transnational histories of empire (Go 2008) provides a fruitful nexus for understanding effects of technologies of surveillance on global economies of goods and populations.
Keywords: sociology of security, surveilance, colonialism, population management, freedom of movement, identity documents
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