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Surveillance, Discipline and Care

Technologies of Compliance in a South African Tuberculosis Clinic

Jonathan Stadler

digital surveillance technologies. These technologies produce adherence as an objective fact that can be monitored, measured and modified. Compliance is narrowly defined in terms of ‘professional expectations’ while ignoring behaviour that ‘contradicts the

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Policing at a distance and that human thing

An appreciative critique of police surveillance

David Sausdal

2012 ): the term globalization denoting a growing collaboration between police forces and an increasing use and integration of information and surveillance technologies, which allows the police to surveil and apprehend suspects beyond district and

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The Power and Productivity of Vigilance Regimes

Ana Ivasiuc, Eveline Dürr, and Catherine Whittaker

Vigilance is a highly productive yet understudied concept. Mobilized prevalently in research on security and surveillance, the concept has received little theoretical attention in a consistent manner. Some have signaled a certain taken

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The State of Emergency at Home

House Arrests, House Searches, and Intimacies in France

Flora Hergon

of religious “radicalization” 4 and were already under surveillance or reported by relatives, neighbors, colleagues, or public authorities as potentially dangerous after 13 November. 5 The article more specifically focuses on the 4,181 house

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COVID-19 and Uncertain Intimacy

State–Society Relations in Urban China and Beyond

Jialing Luo

of the pandemic in terms of both surveillance and service provision. Specifically, when nearly the entire country was under lockdown, the shequ workers were busy implementing a range of measures taken by the state. Their tasks generally included

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Staying Tuned

Connections beyond ‘the Field’

Geoffrey Hughes and Anna-Maria Walter

participatory aspects of technology are already here, they remain unevenly distributed. Governments, large organizations, and businesses can not only use their resources and the law to dominate discourse online; they can also engage in surveillance and

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Connecting and Disconnecting

Exploring Prisoners’ Relations with the Outside World in Myanmar

Andrew M. Jefferson and Tomas Max Martin

. We see how prisoners and relatives struggle to make connections in situations of chaos, constraint and surveillance; how they try to connect in order to be in the know; and how they seek to thicken (and thin) connections to sustain caring and

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The Sound of Difference

Mobility, Alterity and Sound across the French–Italian Border

Céline Eschenbrenner

Abstract: France re-established identity controls at its Italian border in 2015, leading ‘unauthorised’ migrants to cross the border by treading mountain trails at night. Mobility here occurs in low visibility. In this paper, I depart from sight as the preferred sense with which to grasp navigation and detection to explore the role listening plays in the making of alterity. Drawing from four months of fieldwork in the French–Italian borderland, I suggest in this article that unauthorised migrants are signalled as ‘sonic others’ by their attempt to remain silent. I also show that displacing alterity from the visual to the auditory makes room for creative mishearings: for identities to be forged in sound, and thus escape detection. As such, alterity may be more difficult to perceive by ear than by sight. Listening can reconfigure visual boundaries and invite us to wonder: what does difference sound like?

Résumé : En France, les contrôles d’identité à la frontière italienne ont repris en 2015, ce qui a mené les migrants non-autorisés à traverser la frontière en marchant dans la montagne pendant la nuit. Leur mobilité est peu visible. Dans cet article, je mets de côté la vue comme sens privilégié de la navigation et de la détection pour mieux penser le rôle que l’audition joue dans la fabrique de l’altérité. En m’appuyant sur quatre mois de terrain passés autour de la frontière franco-italienne, je suggère que les migrants non-autorisés se signalent comme autres sonores à travers les efforts qu’ils déploient pour rester silencieux. Penser l’altérité comme étant audible et pas seulement visible peut aussi donner lieu à des formes d’invention ou de contrefaçon de l’identité qui permettent d’échapper à la surveillance. Le sonore, de ce point de vue, redessine certaines des frontières du visible, et nous invite à considérer les bruits que font nos différences.

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Constructing the Not-So-New Normal

Ambiguity and Familiarity in Governmental Regulations of Intimacies during the Pandemic

Dmitry Kurnosov and Anna Varfolomeeva

defined by the hospital administration. Many of these measures combined the familiar concepts of care and surveillance, which were both seen as corporeal experiences ( McCorkel 2003 ; Vaittinen 2015 ). As patients with a little-known and supposedly highly

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Encounters with borders

A migrant academic's experiences of the visa regime in the Global North

Priya Dixit

colonial powers. As a continuing outcome of colonised modes of global mobilities, people from the Global South are considered racially ‘other’, and their bodies subject to increased surveillance and control especially in the global mobility regime ( Spire