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Mutual obligation? Regulating by supervision and surveillance in Australian income support policy

Parker, Stephen and Fopp, Rodney 2005, Mutual obligation? Regulating by supervision and surveillance in Australian income support policy, Surveillance and society, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 107-128.

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Title Mutual obligation? Regulating by supervision and surveillance in Australian income support policy
Author(s) Parker, Stephen
Fopp, Rodney
Journal name Surveillance and society
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 107
End page 128
Total pages 22
Publisher Surveillance Studies Network
Place of publication Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1477-7487
Keyword(s) activity testing
unemployed people
mutual obligation
social policy
Summary Through an analysis of speeches by government ministers, documents and regulations, this article examines the Australian national government’s surveillance of unemployed people through what is known as Activity Testing, and more specifically as Mutual Obligation. It seeks to merge the social policy analysis of Mutual Obligation with a surveillance perspective in order to delve deeper into the underlying nature of the policy and its implications for people who are unemployed. It does this by 1. Outlining the neo-liberal political theory underlying these policies; 2. Illustrating the nature and extent of surveillance of people in receipt of income support, and 3. Employing Foucault’s concepts of the technologies of domination and the self to highlight the controlling and coercive aspects of Mutual Obligation in achieving certain of the Government’s political and policy objectives. In doing so, the analysis will make visible something of the power exerted over the disadvantaged while subject to such surveillance.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Surveillance & Society and the author(s).
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