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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Queensland University of Technology 2202-8005 The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical research about challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world.  The Journal is committed to democratising quality knowledge production and dissemination. Authors retain copyright and articles are licenced via Creative Commons to make published articles more readily available and useable. There are no APCs (Article Processing Charges). Authors can submit and publish at no cost.
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Suspect Subjects: Affects of Bodily Regulation


There is a growing body of academic literature that scrutinises the effects of technologies deployed to surveil the physical bodies of citizens. This paper considers the role of affect; that is, the visceral and emotive forces underpinning conscious forms of knowing that can drive one’s thoughts, feelings and movements. Drawing from research on two distinctly different groups of surveilled subjects – paroled sex offenders and elite athletes – it examines the effects of biosurveillance in their lives and how their reflections reveal unique insight into how subjectivity, citizenship, harm and deviance become constructed in intimate and public ways vis-à-vis technologies of bodily regulation. Specifically, we argue, their narratives reveal cultural conditions of biosurveillance, particularly how risk becomes embodied and internalised in subjective ways.

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Pages:100 to 112
Section: Articles
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Author Biographies

The Australian National University
Australia Australia
Kathryn Henne is a Research Fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, an interdisciplinary centre housed at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on the intersections between embodiment, technology and regulation.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
United States United States

Emily Troshynski is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research focuses on the intersections between deviance and social control, the politics of crime control, electronic monitoring and surveillance technology practices employed by the criminal justice system and the collateral consequences of criminalization.