Surveillance and Identity Discourse, Subjectivity and the State - David Barnard-Wills (Ashgate, Uk, January 2012)

  • Surveillance and Identity analyses the discourse of surveillance in the contemporary United 
    Kingdom, drawing upon public language from central government, governmental agencies, 
    activist movements, and from finance and banking. Examining the logics of these discourses 
    and revealing the manner in which they construct problems of governance in the light of the 
    insecurity of identity, this book shows how identity is fundamentally linked to surveillance, 
    as governmental discourses privilege surveillance as a response to social problems.

    In drawing links between new technologies and national surveillance projects or concerns 
    surrounding phenomena such as identity fraud, Surveillance and Identity presents a new 
    understanding of identity - the model of 'surveillance identity' - demonstrating that this is 
    often applied to individuals by powerful organisations at the same time as the concept is 
    being actively contested in public language.

    The first comprehensive study of the discursive politics of surveillance in the UK, this book 
    makes significant contributions to surveillance theory, governmentality theory, and to 
    political and social identity theories. As such, it will be of interest to social scientists of all 
    kinds working on questions of public discourse and political communication, identity, 
    surveillance and the relationship between the individual and the state. 
  • Contents: Preface; Introduction; Surveillance, governmentality, identity and discourse; 
    Discourse theory and analysis; Representation of surveillance practices; Subjectivity and 
    subject positions in discourses of surveillance; Identity in discourses of surveillance; 
    Conclusions and implications; Bibliography; Index.
  • About the Author: David Barnard-Wills is Research Fellow in the Department of Informatics 
    and Sensors at Cranfield University, UK
  • Reviews: 'These carefully selected fascinating case studies allow Barnard-Wills to chart the 
    connections between emergent forms of identity, new technologies and governmental 
    projects. The result is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the contemporary 
    politics of surveillance.' Kevin D. Haggerty, University of Alberta, Canada 
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