Critical Interventions
At a recent roundtable of academics and privacy advocates discussing
surveillance studies and inequality, the conversation variously turned
to consumer surveillance, new technologies, and the weakened legisla-
tive climate on privacy in both the United States and Canada. While we
share the interests of the discussants, we wonder at the place of feminist
concerns about surveillance and issues of inequality. For instance, where
were the presentations on the use of surveillance technologies by abusers
to stalk their intimate partners, the surveillance of disability through the
scrutiny of women on sick leave using Twitter and Facebook, the use of
surveillance images of women in popular entertainment media, or the
importance of penal abolition to surveillance studies given the surveil-
lance and criminalization of women of color (the fastest growing demo-
graphic to be included in the prison industrial complex)?
In considering roundtables like these and conversations in surveil-
lance studies generally, we feel the need for a feminist intervention into
the burgeoning field of surveillance studies. Our book formally launches
the area of feminist surveillance studies. The essays collected here do the
groundbreaking work of bringing the insights of critical scholarship and
feminist theory to surveillance studies, a field which has yet to fully bene-
fit from major feminist interventions. By the same token, we address a
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