Surveillance and Critical Theory

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Surveillance and Critical Theory

  • Christian Fuchs Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster, UK

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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