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    Big data surveillance and the body-subject

    Ball, K. and Di Domenico, M. and Nunan, Daniel (2016) Big data surveillance and the body-subject. Body & Society 22 (2), pp. 58-81. ISSN 1357-034X.

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    Abstract

    This paper considers the implications of big data practices for theories about the surveilled subject who, analysed from afar, is still gazed upon, although not directly watched as with previous surveillance systems. We propose this surveilled subject be viewed through a lens of proximity rather than interactivity, to highlight the normative issues arising within digitally mediated relationships. We interpret the ontological proximity between subjects, data flows and big data surveillance through Merleau-Ponty’s ideas combined with Levinas’ approach to ethical proximity and Coeckelberg’s work on proximity in the digital age. This leads us to highlight how competing normativities, and normative dilemmas in these proximal spaces, manipulate the surveilled subject’s embodied practices to lead the embodied individual towards experiencing them in a local sense. We explore when and how the subject notices these big data practices and then interprets them through translating their experiences into courses of action, inaction or acquiescence.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): big data, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, normativity, proximity, subjectivity, surveillance
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Depositing User: Daniel Nunan
    Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 08:02
    Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 08:02
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16250

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