Managing dangerous populations: Colonial legacies of security and surveillance

Yael Berda*

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We tend to associate practices of population surveillance with Western modernity and the intensification of security routines with the last decade defined by the "Global War on Terror." I suggest, however, that proliferation of methods to monitor and control populations are legacies of the practices that were developed in the colonies to manage civilian populations. Here, I outline those institutional colonial legacies.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)627-630
Number of pages4
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Classification
  • Colonial period
  • Power
  • Security
  • Social control
  • Surveillance


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