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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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.

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Digital surveillance, COVID-19, Feminist

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Institute of Management Studies


12 May 2020Accepted
19 May 2020Published Online

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30 Jun 2020 09:42

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17 Sep 2020 10:12

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