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Seeing population: census and surveillance by numbers

Ruppert, Evelyn (2012). Seeing population: census and surveillance by numbers. In: Ball, Kirstie; Haggerty, Kevin and Lyon, David eds. Routledge International Handbook of Surveillance Studies. Routledge, pp. 209–216.

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The chapter outlines how the development of population censuses and their alternatives such as population registers and government administrative databases can be understood as different forms of surveillance by numbers. That is, it investigates how the gaze of these devices is fixed on surveilling whole populations and governing by numbers. Rather than being more or less surveillant or constituting better and cheaper ‘information’ about populations it argues that different numbering devices find, see and count different populations and have different governing consequences. It is these differences that the chapter explores.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2011 Routledge
ISBN: 0-415-58883-9, 978-0-415-58883-6
Keywords: census; population; statistics; surveillance; administrative data
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 25859
Depositing User: Evelyn Ruppert
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2011 10:51
Last Modified: 28 May 2013 07:45
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