City Research Online

'This is not America': Cultural mythscapes, media representation and the anatomy of the Surveillance School in Australia

Taylor, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-2664-2194 (2017). 'This is not America': Cultural mythscapes, media representation and the anatomy of the Surveillance School in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 53(2), pp. 413-429. doi: 10.1177/1440783316667640

Abstract

Schools have exhibited a demonstrable predilection for surveillance technologies in recent years. While much attention has been paid to the globalized diffusion of surveillance and security practices, in contrast, the ways in which artefacts of surveillance surface and take root unevenly internationally has not received much scholarly attention. Drawing on the media representation of emergent school surveillance technologies in Australia, this article seeks to illuminate how distinctive cultural dynamics interact with acceptability, reverence and rejection of surveillance apparatus in the educational context. Far from revealing homogeneity in the manifestation of surveillance practices, the findings show that cultural context and specificity are central to understanding the materiality of surveillance apparatus and regimes.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Taylor, E. 'This is not America': Cultural mythscapes, media representation and the anatomy of the Surveillance School in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 53(2), pp. 413-429. Copyright © 2017.the authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Publisher Keywords: CCTV, drug testing, GPS, education, media, RFID, schools, surveillance
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19199
[img]
Preview
Text - Accepted Version
Download (727kB) | Preview

Export

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login