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Surveillance - reforming the body.

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In attending to the relationship between surveillance and human flourishing, this chapter focuses on how digitized, deconstructed bodies in cyberspace have material implications for people’s life chances. It considers theological works on contemporary surveillance and places the issues in relation to van der Ploeg’s ‘informationized body’ and Swinton’s proposal for the ‘resurrection of the person’. Patel’s problematizing of the browning of bodies under surveillance brings engagement with media mis-representation of marginalized groups. The chapter’s core argument is that digitized bodies need reforming as social persons and that subjects of surveillance deserve formation that is not driven by prevailing social prejudices. The core theological claim is that cruciform, rather than hierarchical, surveillance demands Christian solidarity with people who find themselves under diverse forms of unjust surveillance. The chapter concludes with a call to the Church to assess its own participation in cultures of surveillance.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReforming: Space, Body and Politics.
EditorsAuli Vähäkangas, Kirstine Helboe Johansen, Tone S. Kaufman , Sivert Angel
StateAccepted/In press - 31 May 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Academy of Practical Theology

    Research areas

  • surveillance, theology, embodiment

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