The work of watching one another : Lateral surveillance, risk, and governance

Andrejevic, Mark (2005) The work of watching one another : Lateral surveillance, risk, and governance. Surveillance and Society, 2 4: 479-497.

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Author Andrejevic, Mark
Title The work of watching one another : Lateral surveillance, risk, and governance
Journal name Surveillance and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-7487
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 2
Issue 4
Start page 479
End page 497
Total pages 19
Place of publication Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, U.K.
Publisher Surveillance Studies Network
Language eng
Subject 200104 Media Studies
200101 Communication Studies
Formatted abstract
This article explores a range of technologies for ‘lateral surveillance’ or peer monitoring arguing that in a climate of perceived risk and savvy skepticism individuals are increasingly adopting practices associated with marketing and law enforcement to gain information about friends, family members, and prospective love interests. The article argues that the adoption of such technologies corresponds with an ideology of
‘responsibilization’ associated with the risk society: that consumers need training in the consumption of services and the development of expertise to monitor one another. Rather than displacing ‘top-down’ forms of monitoring, such practices emulate and amplify them, fostering the internalization of government strategies and their deployment in the private sphere. In an age in which everyone is to be considered potentially suspect, all are simultaneously urged to become spies.
Keyword Marketing
Law Enforcement
Lateral Surveillance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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