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Michael McCahill

Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Beyond the ‘all seeing eye’: Filipino migrant domestic workers’ contestation of care and control in Hong Kong (2019)
Journal Article
Mesina, M. R., Johnson, M., Lee, M., McCahill, M., & Mesina, L. (2020). Beyond the ‘all seeing eye’: Filipino migrant domestic workers’ contestation of care and control in Hong Kong. Ethnos, 85(2), 276-292. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2018.1545794

This paper draws on ethnographic data about Filipino migrant domestic workers’ perceptions of and responses to the use of surveillance cameras in the home to intervene in recent debates about surveillance, care and social control. On the one hand, ou... Read More about Beyond the ‘all seeing eye’: Filipino migrant domestic workers’ contestation of care and control in Hong Kong.

Theorizing surveillance in the UK crime control field (2015)
Journal Article
McCahill, M. (2015). Theorizing surveillance in the UK crime control field. Media and Communication, 3(2), 10-20. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v3i2.251

Drawing upon the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Loic Wacquant, this paper argues that the demise of the Keynesian Welfare State (KWS) and the rise of neo-liberal economic policies in the UK has placed new surveillance technologies at the centre of a rec... Read More about Theorizing surveillance in the UK crime control field.

The use of surveillance cameras in a Riyadh shopping mall: Protecting profits or protecting morality? (2011)
Journal Article
Alhadar, I., & McCahill, M. (2011). The use of surveillance cameras in a Riyadh shopping mall: Protecting profits or protecting morality?. Theoretical Criminology, 15(3), 315-330. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480610396644

The rise of mass private property means that people increasingly spend their time in publicly accessible spaces controlled by private interests. Unlike public policing, which is reactive and morally toned, the policing that takes place in mass privat... Read More about The use of surveillance cameras in a Riyadh shopping mall: Protecting profits or protecting morality?.

The social impact of surveillance in three UK schools : 'angels', 'devils' and 'teen mums' (2010)
Journal Article
McCahill, M., & Finn, R. (2010). The social impact of surveillance in three UK schools : 'angels', 'devils' and 'teen mums'. Surveillance and Society, 7(3-4), 273-289. https://doi.org/10.24908/ss.v7i3/4.4156

Drawing upon the preliminary findings of a broader ESRC-funded project on the 'surveilled', this paper examines the social impact of 'new surveillance' technologies on the lives of school children living in a Northern City. We conducted fifteen one-h... Read More about The social impact of surveillance in three UK schools : 'angels', 'devils' and 'teen mums'.

CCTV: Beyond penal modernism? (2005)
Journal Article
Norris, C., & McCahill, M. (2006). CCTV: Beyond penal modernism?. The British journal of criminology, 46(1), 97-118. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azi047

In recent years, a number of writers have suggested that contemporary strategies of crime control have called into question some of the central features of 'penal modernism'. The return of punitively orientated 'ostentatious' forms of punishment wher... Read More about CCTV: Beyond penal modernism?.

The surveillance of 'prolific' offenders : beyond 'docile bodies'
Journal Article
McCahill, M., & Finn, R. The surveillance of 'prolific' offenders : beyond 'docile bodies'. Punishment and Society, 15(1), 23-42. https://doi.org/10.1177/1462474512466198

This article uses ethnographic research to explore how a sample of state-defined ‘prolific’ offenders living in Northern City (a small city in the North of England) experience and respond to a surveillance regime which includes ‘appointments’, ‘track... Read More about The surveillance of 'prolific' offenders : beyond 'docile bodies'.