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

Taylor, E. (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

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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.

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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.
Uncontrolled Keywords: CCTV, drug testing, GPS, education, media, RFID, schools, surveillance
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19199

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