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The Pre-Crime SocietyCrime, Culture and Control in the Ultramodern Age$
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Bruce A. Arrigo and Brian G. Sellers

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529205251

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529205251.001.0001

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Theorizing Surveillance in the Pre-Crime Society

Theorizing Surveillance in the Pre-Crime Society

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The Pre-Crime Society

Michael McCahill

Policy Press

This chapter interweaves ‘surveillance theory’, ‘policing studies’ and ‘field theory’ (Bourdieu 1984) to examine the politics of ‘pre-crime’ and ‘surveillance’ in the ‘field of policing’. We begin by defining the key concepts (‘surveillance’, ‘pre-crime’ and ‘policing’), before drawing upon a wide range empirical research to examine how ‘risk’, ‘actuarial thinking’, and ‘predictive analytics’ are mediated by police managers, police officers, intelligence analysts, private security officers and citizens going about their business in police stations, CCTV control rooms, welfare offices, shopping malls and airports. The chapter concludes by calling for further research on the informal networks and crossovers that exist between the police and the emerging technological field expertise and on the experience of pre-crime subjects.

Keywords:   Surveillance, Policing, Pre-Crime, Big Data

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