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Overseers of the Poor: Surveillance, Resistance, and the Limits of Privacy

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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 pers ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2001)
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Great in-depth work about poverty, power, the state, and surveillance. This book is perhaps unique in that Gilliom privileges the perspectives and experiences of the surveilled (in this case, welfare mothers).

"One of the most surprising things about the ongoing coverage of surveillance in the popular media is that in the media's rush to quote a privacy advocate on the latest loss to privacy, we hardly ever hear about what must be one of the most important issues of all: the ongoing shifts of po
Strong book showing a bit of Appallachia. I would have liked a little bit more from the welfare clients.
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