Curating risk, selling safety?

Fear of crime, responsibilisation and the surveillance school economy

Authored by: Emmeline Taylor

The Routledge International Handbook on Fear of Crime

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138120334
eBook ISBN: 9781315651781
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315651781-22

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Abstract

Radicalisation. School shooters. Paedophiles. Obesity. Vandalism. Drug abuse. Cyberbullying. These are just some examples of contemporary anxieties that schools have, through a process of responsibilisation, been tasked with addressing in some form in recent years. As a result, schools have undergone rapid growth in securitisation in a bid to placate fears, whether real, imagined or curated. The voracity with which new modes of security and surveillance technologies are beginning to shape the school campus continues to gather momentum as new narratives of risk emerge to freight their supposed necessity into the education sector. Techno-solutions search for problems to address and find the school a fertile ground on which to sow concerns about a broad range of societal issues and, sometimes imagined, threats, from terrorism to drug use, abduction to bullying. The neophiliac approach to technological surveillance in schools has resulted in it becoming a particularly lucrative market for vendors with safety to sell.

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