"No shit Sherlock"! Canine DNA and policing public space.
Langstone, D. 2020. "No shit Sherlock"! Canine DNA and policing public space. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-05-2020-0180
This paper argues that this animal surveillance has the potential for considerable function creep going far outside the scheme's original objectives and acts as a conduit for more problematic surveillance of humans. This results in social sorting of people with subsequent unforeseen consequences leading to discrimination and curtailment of freedoms for both animals and their owners. Ultimately this opens people up to further intrusive targeting by commercial interests and, more alarmingly, scrutiny from law enforcement agencies. This empirical study examining an initiative involving the collection of canine DNA sources data from publicly available Cabinet , Select Committee and Scrutiny Committee records from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD). It also draws on news media sources, publicity material from the company running the scheme and from this and other local authorities. Methods include analysis of documents, semiotic and discourse analysis.
This paper highlights the importance of animals to surveillance studies and establishing the extent to which animals are a part of the surveillant assemblage in their own right. It also demonstrates how nonhuman animals extend the reach of the surveillant assemblage. In the theorising of surveillance, animals have been largely overlooked. Epidemiological studies proliferate, yet the role of animals in many aspects of everyday surveillance has been neglected.
|Keywords||Surveillance; Surveillant Assemblage; Animals; Canine DNA; Public Space Protection Orders|
|Journal||International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-05-2020-0180|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||03 Jun 2020|
|Deposited||01 Sep 2020|
Accepted author manuscript
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