Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories

Edited by Robert Heynen and Emily van der Meulen

© 2019

Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories opens up new and exciting perspectives on how systems of state surveillance developed over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taking a transnational approach, the book challenges us to rethink the presumed novelty of contemporary surveillance practices, while developing critical analyses of the ways in which state surveillance has profoundly shaped the emergence of contemporary societies.

Contributors engage with a range of surveillance practices, including medical and disease surveillance, systems of documentation and identification, and policing and security. These approaches enable us to understand how surveillance has underpinned the emergence of modern states; sustained systems of state security; enabled practices of colonial rule; perpetuated racist and gendered forms of identification and classification; regulated and policed migration; shaped the eugenically inflected medicalization of disability and sexuality; and contained dissent. While surveillance is thus bound up with complex relations of power, it is also contested. Emerging from the book is a sense of how state actors understood and legitimized their own surveillance practices, as well as how these practices have been implemented in different times and places. At the same time, contributors explore the myriad ways in which these systems of surveillance have been resisted, challenged, and subverted.

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  • Page Count: 360 pages
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This book brings together a diverse range of transnational contributors to offer one of the first comprehensive and global histories of state surveillance.

Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories

Edited by Robert Heynen and Emily van der Meulen

© 2019

Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories opens up new and exciting perspectives on how systems of state surveillance developed over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taking a transnational approach, the book challenges us to rethink the presumed novelty of contemporary surveillance practices, while developing critical analyses of the ways in which state surveillance has profoundly shaped the emergence of contemporary societies.

Contributors engage with a range of surveillance practices, including medical and disease surveillance, systems of documentation and identification, and policing and security. These approaches enable us to understand how surveillance has underpinned the emergence of modern states; sustained systems of state security; enabled practices of colonial rule; perpetuated racist and gendered forms of identification and classification; regulated and policed migration; shaped the eugenically inflected medicalization of disability and sexuality; and contained dissent. While surveillance is thus bound up with complex relations of power, it is also contested. Emerging from the book is a sense of how state actors understood and legitimized their own surveillance practices, as well as how these practices have been implemented in different times and places. At the same time, contributors explore the myriad ways in which these systems of surveillance have been resisted, challenged, and subverted.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 360 pages
  • Illustrations: 11
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Making Surveillance States is a new and exciting take on the history of surveillance that will prove to be a valuable addition to the scholarship."


    William Staples, Department of Sociology, Director, Surveillance Studies Research Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence

    "An invaluable book combining histories of the micro-practices of administrative control with the broad sweep of imperial politics in parts of the world long neglected by historiographies of surveillance and state building."


    Keith Breckenridge, The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Author Information

    Robert Heynen is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University


    Emily van der Meulen is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of Figures
    List of Contributors

    Foreword
    By David Lyon, Queen’s University

    Introduction

    Chapter 1
    Unpacking State Surveillance:
    Histories, Theories, and Global Contexts
    By Emily van der Meulen, Ryerson University and Robert Heynen, York University

    Section One: Medical, Disease, and Health Surveillance

    Chapter 2
    "Coolie" Control:
    State Surveillance and the Labour of Disinfection across the late Victorian British Empire
    By Jacob Steere-Williams, College of Charleston

    Chapter 3
    Surveillance, Medicine, and the Misterios de la Naturaleza:
    Campaigns to "Cure" Deafness in Late-Nineteenth Century Mexico City
    By Holly Caldwell, Chestnut Hill College

    Chapter 4
    "Masquerading as a Woman":
    The South African Disguises Acts and the Ghosts of Apartheid Surveillance, 1906-2004
    By B Camminga, University of Wits

    Section Two: Identification, Regulation, and Colonial Rule

    Chapter 5
    The Penal Surveillant Assemblage:
    Attainder and Tickets of Leave in Nineteenth Century Colonial Australia
    By Ian Warren, Deakin University and Darren Palmer, Deakin University

    Chapter 6
    Controlling Transnational Asian Mobilities:
    A Comparison of Documentary Systems in Australia and South Africa, 1890s to 1940s
    By Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, University of the Western Cape and Margaret Allen, University of Adelaide

    Chapter 7
    Bodies as Risky Resources:
    Japan’s Colonial Identification Systems in Northeastern China
    By Midori Ogasawara, Queen’s University

    Chapter 8
    A State of Exception:
    Frameworks and Institutions of Israeli Surveillance of Palestinians, 1948-1967
    By Ahmad H Sa’di, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

    Section Three: State Security, Policing, and Dissent

    Chapter 9
    Dossierveillance in Communist Romania:
    Collaboration with the Securitate, 1945-1989
    By Cristina Plamadeala, Concordia University

    Chapter 10
    The FBI and the American Friends Service Committee:
    Surveilling United States Religious Expression in the Cold War Era
    By Kathryn Montalbano, Neumann University

    Chapter 11
    "When under surveillance, always put on a good show":
    Representations of Surveillance in the United States Underground Press, 1968-1972
    By Elisabetta Ferrari, University of Pennsylvania and John Remensperger, University of Pennsylvania

    Chapter 12
    "…that’s not a conversation that belongs to the museum":
    The (In)visibility of Surveillance History at Police Museums in Ontario, Canada
    By Matthew Ferguson, University of Ottawa, Justin Piché, University of Ottawa, and Kevin Walby, University of Winnipeg

    Afterword
    By Simone Browne, University of Texas at Austin

     

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