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Commentary | Open Access

Surveillance and Critical Theory

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Abstract:  In this comment, the author reflects on surveillance from a critical theory approach, his involvement in surveillance research and projects, and the status of the study of surveillance. The comment ascertains a lack of critical thinking about surveillance, questions the existence of something called “surveillance studies” as opposed to a critical theory of society, and reflects on issues such as Edward Snowden’s revelations, and Foucault and Marx in the context of surveillance.

Keywords:  critical theory; Edward Snowden; Karl Marx; Michel Foucault; surveillance



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