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Valerie Steeves, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa
Findings from qualitative interviews with young people between the ages of 11 and 17 and their parents suggest that young people feel that they are under constant surveillance online by parents, teachers and corporations, and that many of their ordinary social interactions are being reconstructed as dangerous and risky.
SSC Seminar Series:
Shoshana Magnet, PhD, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa
Corinne Mason, PhD Candidate, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa
This presentation draws on the theoretical framework of feminist surveillance studies to provide a critical response to a 2008 United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) threat assessment warning of an increase in women terrorists hiding explosives in pregnancy prosthetics and under burqas. We argue that veiled bodies provide a new “sightbyte” for othered deviance in ways that justify a number of aggressive interventions in the post- 9/11 context, including the expansion of new surveillance technologies such as backscatter X-rays aimed at making particular racialized and gendered bodies newly visible.