Street-level surveillance: human agency and the electronic monitoring of offenders

PATERSON, C. (2007). Street-level surveillance: human agency and the electronic monitoring of offenders. Surveillance and society, 4 (2-3), 314-328.

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    Abstract

    Recent years have witnessed an increase in new ‘technologies of control’ that decrease reliance upon labour intensive forms of policing. The electronic monitoring of offenders represents just one section of the expanding industry in ‘techno-corrections’ that incorporates elements of the private security, military and telecommunications industries. The surveillance capacity generated by these industries has diverted attention away from the role of human agency in the implementation of surveillance services. This paper is concerned with the reliance of ‘technologies of control’ upon ‘street-level surveillance’ which involves a shift in focus away from the capacity of surveillance technologies and towards the actions of agents of control, offenders and the local community, in ensuring the successful operation of electronic monitoring services.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the author's final version of an article that appears in PATERSON, C. (2007). Street-level surveillance: human agency and the electronic monitoring of offenders. Surveillance and society, 4 (2-3), 314-328. Surveillance and society is available online http://www.surveillance-and-society.org.
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Hallam Centre for Community Justice
    Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 15:11
    Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 11:34
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1321

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