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Expanding the Gaze

Gender and the Politics of Surveillance

edited by Emily van der Meulen & Robert Heynen

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
May 2016
General, General, Marriage & Family, Criminology, Gender Studies
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    Mar 2016
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    Apr 2016
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From sexualized selfies and hidden camera documentaries to the bouncers monitoring patrons at Australian nightclubs, the ubiquity of contemporary surveillance goes far beyond the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection or the proliferation of security cameras on every corner.

Expanding the Gaze is a collection of important new empirical and theoretical works that demonstrate the significance of the gendered dynamics of surveillance. Bringing together contributors from criminology, sociology, communication studies, and women’s studies, the eleven essays in the volume suggest that we cannot properly understand the implications of the rapid expansion of surveillance practices today without paying close attention to its gendered nature. Together, they constitute a timely interdisciplinary contribution to the development of feminist surveillance studies.

About the authors


Emily van der Meulen is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University. Her co-edited books include Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance and Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance.


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Robert Heynen is a sessional assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University.

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