Gendering Security: violence and risk in Australia's night-time economies

Warren, Ian, Fitz-Gibbon, Kate and McFarlane, Emma 2016, Gendering Security: violence and risk in Australia's night-time economies. In van der Meulen, Emily and Heynan, Robert (ed), Expanding the gaze: gender and the politics of surveillance, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada, pp.262-289.

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Title Gendering Security: violence and risk in Australia's night-time economies
Author(s) Warren, IanORCID iD for Warren, Ian
Fitz-Gibbon, Kate
McFarlane, Emma
Title of book Expanding the gaze: gender and the politics of surveillance
Editor(s) van der Meulen, Emily
Heynan, Robert
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 11
Start page 262
End page 289
Total pages 26
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Place of Publication Toronto, Canada
Keyword(s) law
criminal Justice
Summary Expanding the Gaze is a collection of important new empirical and theoretical works that demonstrate the significance of the gendered dynamics of surveillance.
Notes This chapter argues that a flawed conception of security governance directs surveillance primarily towards the major visible populations associated with alcohol-related violence. This form of risk profiling leads to various surveillance deficits that undermine regulation of the private security industry and the NTE more generally. Foucauldian biopolitical theory recognizes that multiple, intersecting, and at times conflicting forms of regulation and surveillance govern modern securitization practices (Senellart, 2007). When surveillance is devoted to curtailing identifiable risks, other meaningful security and surveillance strategies are likely to be overlooked. In Australia’s NTEs, the prevailing regulatory and surveillance focus, which targets violence by young men, has legitimized certain types of technological and human surveillance that have done little to enhance overall levels of security since the mid-1980s, when Australia’s liquor industries began to undergo extensive deregulation (Graham & Homel, 2008; Department of Justice (Victoria), 2009; Zajdow, 2011; Tomsen & Crofts, 2012). The gradual normalization of these processes has led to a highly gendered meaning of security in the NTE that wrongly equates harm reduction with more rather than better surveillance. These processes have been backed by increasingly punitive criminal penalties for alcohol- and drug-fuelled violence.
ISBN 1442628960
Edition 1
Language eng
Field of Research 160204 Criminological Theories
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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