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Exploring Terra Incognita: Mapping Surveillance Studies from the Perspective of Media and Communication Research
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for HumanIT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8225-3447
2015 (English)In: Surveillance & Society, ISSN 1477-7487, E-ISSN 1477-7487, Vol. 13, no 1, 117-126 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article attempts to map Surveillance Studies from the perspective of the academic field of media and communication studies,and to seek out boundaries, limitations, strengths and weaknesses of current research. To map out the territory and mark importantpoints within the landscape, Surveillance & Society, a premier interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal in the field ofsurveillance, is used as a point of departure. Analysis of topics within the Surveillance Studies field is conducted based on 296articles from 40 issues published between 2002 and 2013.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Surveillance Studies Network , 2015. Vol. 13, no 1, 117-126 p.
Keyword [en]
Surveillance & Society; Surveillance Studies; Media and Communication Studies; Mapping research field; Scientific Fields
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35251ISI: 000361456500009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-35251DiVA: diva2:789715
Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-02-19 Last updated: 2017-09-13
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1. “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace”: Activist Practices in an Era of Mediatized Surveillance
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace”: Activist Practices in an Era of Mediatized Surveillance
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

One of the defining features of contemporary zeitgeist is that we live in an era of mediatization – a metaprocess, through (and by) which all everyday relations increasingly depend on networked media technologies and online communication channels.

Due to rapid developments in digital electronics, all these Internet- or mobile-enabled platforms, and devices, are prone to the processes of quantification and datafication, and as such, surveillance is a principal dimension that lies at the core of mediatization.

Through five peer-reviewed academic articles and the cover text, this dissertation provides a multi-faceted analysis of the complex relationships – built by Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s state intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies with a number of local, and global, private information, entertainment and telecommunications companies. The articles are focused on different cases: the complete dispersion of commercial social media based oppositional activists in Azerbaijan, and the arrests of Anonymous led hacktivists in Turkey, both happening in 2011; and, the mass mobilization of millions of Turkish citizens during the Gezi Park protests of 2013. The current compilation puts forth in-depth accounts and scrutiny of how various social movements (in general), and individual activists (in particular), are affected by an amalgamation of public, political; and, private, economic, surveillance practices and seeks to illuminate the abusive extents of this transformation – vis-à-vis the changing media and communication environment – by way of using mediatization as an analytical tool.

Overall, this dissertation contributes a nuanced understanding of the complex interplay between the increasingly mediatized natures of activism and surveillance in semi-authoritarian states. The conclusions have relevance and significance – in considering both similar country contexts and on a global scale – in the light of contemporary technological and political transformations.

Abstract [en]

One of the defining features of contemporary zeitgeist is that we live in an era of mediatization – a metaprocess, through (and by) which all everyday relations increasingly depend on networked media technologies and online communication channels – and surveillance is a principal dimension that lies at its core.

Through five peer-reviewed academic articles and the cover text, this dissertation provides a multi-faceted analysis of the complex relationships built by Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s state intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies with a number of local, and global, private information, entertainment and telecommunications companies. The current compilation puts forth in-depth accounts and scrutiny of how various social movements and individual activists are affected by an amalgamation of public, political; and, private, economic, surveillance practices and seeks to illuminate the abusive extents of this transformation by way of using mediatization as an analytical tool.

Overall, this dissertation contributes a nuanced understanding of the complex interplay between the increasingly mediatized natures of activism and surveillance in semi-authoritarian states.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2017. 88 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2017:8
Keyword
Azerbaijan, mediatized activism, mediatized surveillance, surveillative apparatuses, rhizomated subactivism, Turkey
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47924 (URN)978-91-7063-754-4 (ISBN)978-91-7063-755-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-31, 12A 138 Geijersalen, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-13 Created: 2017-02-13 Last updated: 2017-08-28Bibliographically approved

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