Seeing Population: Census and Surveillance by Numbers

Ruppert, Evelyn. 2012. Seeing Population: Census and Surveillance by Numbers. In: Kirstie Ball; Kevin Haggerty and David Lyon, eds. Routledge International Handbook of Surveillance Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 209-216. ISBN 10: 0415588839 [Book Section]

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The chapter outlines how the development of population censuses and their alternatives such as population registers and government administrative databases can be understood as different forms of surveillance by numbers. That is, it investigates how the gaze of these devices is fixed on surveilling whole populations and governing by numbers. Rather than being more or less surveillant or constituting better and cheaper ‘information’ about populations it argues that different numbering devices find, see and count different populations and have different governing consequences. It is these differences that the chapter explores.

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