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Feminist Surveillance Studies

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Rachel E. Dubrofsky
Rachel E. Dubrofsky

Rachel E. Dubrofsky is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Shoshana Amielle Magnet is Associate Professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race and the Technology of Identity, also published by Duke University Press.

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Shoshana Amielle Magnet
Shoshana Amielle Magnet

Rachel E. Dubrofsky is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Shoshana Amielle Magnet is Associate Professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race and the Technology of Identity, also published by Duke University Press.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7546-3
Publication date:
2015
Book Chapter

Biometric Technologies as Surveillance Assemblages

Published:
May 2015

U.S. media outlets created a supportive domestic context of reception for surveillance technologies adopted in the post-9/11 era by portraying the United States’ enemies in the war on terror as the “opaque” bodies of reference from which “transparent” passenger-suspects are encouraged to distinguish themselves. U.S. public discourse domesticated full-body scanners via gendered and sexualizing scripts of being seen-through by the security state as a form of romantic love, attraction, and/or repulsion. In so doing, it obscured two important political developments: first, high-tech screening produces a new normate body; and second, the differential application of high- and low-tech surveillance is organized according to a racial norm, where race is understood not in the narrow terms of phenotype but in the broader terms of who is presumed capable of participating in the biopolitical project of terrorism prevention and who is written off as stubbornly opaque.

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