Surveilled women : subjectivity, the body and modern panopticism

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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas, Gillian, 1944-
dc.creator Gabriele, Sandra
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:25Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:32:25Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.other HQ1190 G33 1998
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22613
dc.description iv, 114 leaves ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description 'Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Joint Women's Studies Programme at Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University.'
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 109-114).
dc.description.abstract "Surveilled Women: Subjectivity, The Body and Modern Panopticism" explores the ways in which surveillance enacts the power to limit the self definition and thus the subjectivity of the female subject. Understanding the body as being intimately connected to the development of an autonomous female subject, surveillance is examined as a means of maintaining social structures of gender, race, and class. Technologies of surveillance are shifting the epistemological and ontological status of the body, undermining it as a verifiable means of knowing the world and ourselves. Arguing for a feminist revaluing of the body, surveillance is understood as creating powerful social norms, crucial to the maintenance of existing power structures, including patriarchy, race, consumerism and the media. Analyzing such various subjects as Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time (1976), Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985), the death of Princess Diana, biometrics, and the Internet, this thesis explores the various applications of surveillance in these texts and the ways in which modern panopticism, through the development of target marketing, is changing the ways in which we view our world, ourselves and our social structures.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HQ1190
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist theory
dc.subject.lcsh Human body -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Power
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Information society
dc.title Surveilled women : subjectivity, the body and modern panopticism
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Women's Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Women's Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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