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Surveillance practices of various kinds have always been an important aspect of cultural power valences. However, since we entered the realm of the “new” surveillance within late capitalist societies, scientific analyses of this phenomenon in the social sciences and the humanities are confronted with the peril of fast datedness due to the rapid development of surveillance technologies and their networks. This also rapidly changes our use of these technologies, as well as our cultural attitudes to them, and the way people perceive themselves in relation to surveillance. With this problem, the urgency of cultural analysis of surveillance is expressed simultaneously: We need cultural analysis of surveillance to understand our contemporary life worlds. Examining surveillance from a cultural studies perspective has, therefore, become a growing field ...

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