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Surveillance, State Violence and Resistance: A History of “Dangerous Incidents” between Police Officers and Black Individuals in the United States

Blance, Kathryn

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Kathryn Blance



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Abstract

[From the introduction]:
This thesis will seek to explore racialised surveillance and Black resistance to this surveillance in both historical and contemporary forms in the United States. At its core, this research will argue that racialised surveillance and the resistance that it is met with exist in a continuum, rather than being a new and contemporary phenomenon. I seek to open up avenues of research such as: has the “death of the spectacle” of punishment truly occurred as Michel Foucault suggested? What is the connection between racialised surveillance and violence? Is there an alternative racialised account of the formation of the surveillance state in the U.S.? And how do members of American law enforcement respond to acts of civilian sousveillance that are enabled by modern technological developments? This thesis will engage with Surveillance Studies, historical scholarship and primary sources, as well as Critical Race Theory in order to answer these questions and more relating to “dangerous incidents” between police officers and Black individuals. Even if we assume that individuals are “protected” from police malpractice and violence by surveillance technologies such as dashboard cameras, the state is still regularly able to neutralise the impact of any footage that might be captured and excuse their actions in order to avoid any severe consequences.

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Blance, K. (2023). Surveillance, State Violence and Resistance: A History of “Dangerous Incidents” between Police Officers and Black Individuals in the United States. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4587924

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Mar 12, 2024
Publicly Available Date Mar 12, 2024
Keywords Media, Culture & Society
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4587924
Additional Information Faculty of Arts, Cultures And Education
University of Hull
Award Date Feb 29, 2024

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© 2023 Kathryn Rachel Blance. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.




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