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Overseers of the Poor: Surveillance, Resistance, and the Limits of Privacy / Edition 1
     

Overseers of the Poor: Surveillance, Resistance, and the Limits of Privacy / Edition 1

by John Gilliom
 

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ISBN-10: 0226293610

ISBN-13: 9780226293615

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In Overseers of the Poor, John Gilliom confronts the everyday politics of surveillance by exploring the worlds and words of those who know it best-the watched. Arguing that the current public conversation about surveillance and privacy rights is rife with political and conceptual failings, Gilliom goes beyond the critics and analysts to add fresh voices,

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In Overseers of the Poor, John Gilliom confronts the everyday politics of surveillance by exploring the worlds and words of those who know it best-the watched. Arguing that the current public conversation about surveillance and privacy rights is rife with political and conceptual failings, Gilliom goes beyond the critics and analysts to add fresh voices, insights, and perspectives.

This powerful book lets us in on the conversations of low-income mothers from Appalachian Ohio as they talk about the welfare bureaucracy and its remarkably advanced surveillance system. In-depth interviews reveal that these women focus less on the right to privacy than on a critique of the pervasive surveillance that lays bare the personal and political conflicts with which they live. And, while they have little interest in conventional forms of politics, we see widespread patterns of everyday resistance as they subvert the surveillance regime when they feel it prevents them from being good parents. Ultimately, Overseers of the Poor demonstrates the need to reconceive not just our understanding of the surveillance-privacy debate but also the broader realms of language, participation, and the politics of rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226293615
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Introduction1
1Welfare Surveillance17
2Stories of Struggle41
3Rights Talk and Rights Reticence69
4The Need to Resist93
5Privacy and the Powers of Surveillance115
Epilogue137
Appendix151
Notes153
References167
Index175

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