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On Surveillance As A Solution To Security Issues

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This chapter offers some preliminary thinking about the nature of bureaucratic surveillance and its relationship to security concerns. To understand the bureaucratic underpinning of surveillance, it becomes necessary to analyze the genealogy and the interrelationships of the foundational elements of surveillance. The chapter offers a brief outline of the emergence and the workings of surveillance which the author sees grounded in the Western culture of individualism and the coming of modernity. It suggests that the current responses to security concerns are simply a continuation of the state's bureaucratic surveillance practices. This brief sketch in some ways follows the working premises of Michel Foucault (1973) in his The Order of Things where he seeks to demonstrate that systems of knowledge and thought, or what he called 'discursive formations' are not simply a product of grammar and the outcome of the logic of language.

Keywords: bureaucratic surveillance; security issues



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