Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories
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
- Illustrations: 11
- Dimensions: 5.8in x 1.1in x 9.0in
"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
"Making Surveillance States sets a high bar for future work in surveillance history. Providing a sorely needed transnational perspective, the authors show just how essential surveillance was to the development of the medical, judicial, and political systems we have today. This book is especially urgent in this politically explosive moment, as we try to grapple with what the future holds in store for ‘surveillance states’ around the globe."
Joshua Reeves, New Media Communications, Oregon State University
Author InformationRobert 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
List of Illustrations
Foreword by David Lyon
1. Unpacking State Surveillance: Histories, Theories, and Global Contexts
Emily van der Meulen, Ryerson University and Robert Heynen, York University
Section One: Medical, Disease, and Health Surveillance
2. "Coolie" Control: State Surveillance and the Labour of Disinfection across the Late Victorian British Empire
Jacob Steere-Williams, College of Charleston
3. Surveillance, Medicine, and the Misterios de la Naturaleza: Campaigns to "Cure" Deafness in Late-Nineteenth Century Mexico City
Holly Caldwell, Chestnut Hill College
4. "Masquerading as a Woman": The South African Disguises Acts and the Ghosts of Apartheid Surveillance, 1906-2004
B Camminga, University of Wits
Section Two: Identification, Regulation, and Colonial Rule
5. The Penal Surveillant Assemblage: Attainder and Tickets of Leave in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Australia
Ian Warren, Deakin University and Darren Palmer, Deakin University
6. Controlling Transnational Asian Mobilities: A Comparison of Documentary Systems in Australia and South Africa, 1890s to 1940s
Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, University of the Western Cape and Margaret Allen, University of Adelaide
7. Bodies as Risky Resources: Japan’s Colonial Identification Systems in Northeastern China
Midori Ogasawara, Queen’s University
8. A State of Exception: Frameworks and Institutions of Israeli Surveillance of Palestinians, 1948-1967
Ahmad H Sa’di, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Section Three: State Security, Policing, and Dissent
9. Dossierveillance in Communist Romania: Collaboration with the Securitate, 1945-1989
Cristina Plamadeala, Concordia University
10. The FBI and the American Friends Service Committee: Surveilling United States Religious Expression in the Cold War Era
Kathryn Montalbano, Neumann University
11. "When under Surveillance, Always Put on a Good Show": Representations of Surveillance in the United States Underground Press, 1968-1972
Elisabetta Ferrari, University of Pennsylvania and John Remensperger, University of Pennsylvania
12. "That’s Not a Conversation That Belongs to the Museum": The (In)visibility of Surveillance History at Police Museums in Ontario, Canada
Matthew Ferguson, University of Ottawa, Justin Piché, University of Ottawa, and Kevin Walby, University of Winnipeg
Simone Browne, University of Texas at Austin
List of Contributors
Subjects and Courses