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Monitoring beyond the Human

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Surveillance is a key aspect of contemporary industrialized Western societies. The now extensive literature on the dynamics of surveillance has, however, curiously overlooked how nonhuman phenomena have been incorporated into quite different surveillance-related agendas. This paper provides a general overview of some of the ways that such surveillance operates, pointing to some of the social and political consequences that flow from recognizing the broad dynamics of surveillance and/of nature.

Affiliations: 1: University of Alberta ; 2: University of Westminster


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