Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Rodney, Lee (School of Visual Arts)

Keywords

Criminology and Penology.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This thesis examines the influence of video surveillance images on institutional practices. The three institutions examined are police, private businesses and the courts. The research is theoretically grounded by the orienting concept of the surveillant assemblage. The research found that the three institutions are influenced by the availability of video surveillance images. Impacts included changes in workload and institutional restructuring. Furthermore, institutions external to those examined also influenced the use of video surveillance images. Each institution was found to use the video surveillance images for various purposes and to represent the images in particular ways to make use of the information provided. The research has also contributed to the refinement of the concepts of the surveillant assemblage, data-double, and function creep.

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