Surveillance is not just about who the state is watching, but about multiple circuits of collective surveillance: it’s not just about the act of seeing or noticing or screening (bodies/identities), but also about acts of collecting, curating, and tabulating data and affect. Surveillance doesn’t just modulate between inner/outer or public/private, but rather upholds the fantasy that these discrete realms exist, while working quite insidiously through networks of gaze, data, and more. Even with forms of direct policing such as Stop and Frisk, the temporality of surveilling is not just reactive, but also preemptive and increasingly, predictive.

Regimes of Surveillance,” Jasbir Puar

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