Harnessing Power: Exploring Citizen's Use of Networked Technologies to Promote Police Accountability

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Title: Harnessing Power: Exploring Citizen's Use of Networked Technologies to Promote Police Accountability
Authors: Schwartz, David
Date: 2016
Abstract: In this examination of citizen surveillance, I engage with Foucaultian and Deleuzian conceptualizations of surveillance, power, resistance, control, and desire, to explore the motivation(s) of community members who film and disseminate footage of the police. Methodologically, I conducted semi-structured interviews with community stakeholders to study the latent thematic ideas embedded in their responses. These themes represent the underlying motivational factors a citizen surveiller may have when filming the police. In my analysis of these themes, I explore: citizen surveillers’ logic for resisting power; citizen surveillers’ understandings of power; and, citizen surveillers’ reported approaches to both passive and active forms of resistance. Subsequently, there appears to be an underlying desire for power and a resistance to power when filming the police. However, given the exploratory nature of this study, there is a need to continue investigating the theoretical and under substantiated claims about citizen surveillance and its association with race, gender and socio-economic status.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/35338
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-296
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