Digital surveillance in post‐coronavirus China: A feminist view on the price we pay

Yu, Ai. 2020. Digital surveillance in post‐coronavirus China: A feminist view on the price we pay. Gender, Work & Organization, 27(5), pp. 774-777. ISSN 0968-6673 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In this piece, I look at the question — are we worth saving and if so at what cost? — through a Foucault‐inspired feminist lens on surveillance. I examine a case that illustrates how digital surveillance, despite being perceived as a successful development in China’s response to COVID‐19, reinforces the country’s gender‐biased discourses on contagious disease and sexuality. In doing so, I want to emphasize that the states of exception that governments can establish and extend are not gender‐neutral. Given the feminist interest in and responsibility for life, this fact compels us to react to states of exception from a freedom‐enabled gender perspective. It is to be hoped that this perspective would then help to promote socio‐political practices that allowed society to challenge the normalizing male gaze induced by digital surveillance.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12471

Keywords:

Digital surveillance, COVID-19, Feminist

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute of Management Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
12 May 2020Accepted
19 May 2020Published Online

Item ID:

28906

Date Deposited:

30 Jun 2020 09:42

Last Modified:

17 Sep 2020 10:12

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28906

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