Introduction, and Other Dark Matters
Beginning with declassified fbi documents on Frantz Fanon, as well as his lectures on surveillance at the University of Tunis (1959–1960), this introduction provides an overview of theories and terms in surveillance studies, and develops the book’s main concepts: racializing surveillance and dark sousveillance. Dark sousveillance is a reading praxis and method of examining the racial logics of surveillance by questioning how certain surveillance technologies installed during slavery to track blackness as property anticipate surveillance practices of the contemporary moment. An overview of the book’s chapters is also included in this introduction.
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