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Technological Politics of Automated Welfare Surveillance: Social (and Data) Justice through Critical Qualitative Inquiry

Mann, Monique 2020, Technological Politics of Automated Welfare Surveillance: Social (and Data) Justice through Critical Qualitative Inquiry, Global Perspectives, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1525/gp.2020.12991.

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Title Technological Politics of Automated Welfare Surveillance: Social (and Data) Justice through Critical Qualitative Inquiry
Author(s) Mann, MoniqueORCID iD for Mann, Monique orcid.org/0000-0001-8372-3797
Journal name Global Perspectives
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher University of California Press
Place of publication Oakland, California
Publication date 2020
ISSN 2575-7350
Summary This article presents a detailed case study of “RoboDebt” in Australia and examines the political rationalities that underpin automated welfare surveillance systems. First, it is argued that neoliberal political rationalities shape the bureaucratic strategies enacted by agencies established to administer neoliberal welfare policy. Second, it is shown that neoliberal political rationalities influence the design and deployment of new surveillance technologies, and therefore they are embedded with and within politics too. Third, it is argued that the political architecture of the welfare state and associated use of information communication technologies has consequences for social justice. This article demonstrates that information communication technologies are implicated in the neoliberal governance of poverty but are not responsible for it. The article concludes by reflecting on the relevance of critical qualitative inquiry as one possible political intervention to advance social (and data) justice agendas.
Language eng
DOI 10.1525/gp.2020.12991
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30139438

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