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Activists and the Surveillance State

Learning from Repression

Edited by Aziz Choudry  

Activists and the Surveillance State

$29.95 – Available for purchase on January 21st, 2019

This item cannot be shipped to the United States.

The use of secret police, security agencies and informers to spy on, disrupt and undermine opposition to the dominant political and economic order has a long history. This book reflects on the surveillance, harassment and infiltration that pervades the lives of activists, organizations and movements that are labelled as ‘threats to national security’.

Activists and scholars from the UK, South Africa, Canada, the US, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand expose disturbing stories of political policing to question what lies beneath state surveillance.

Problematizing the social amnesia that exists within progressive political networks and supposed liberal democracies, Activists and the Surveillance State shows that ultimately, movements can learn from their own repression, developing a critical and complex understanding of the nature of states, capital and democracy today that can inform the struggles of tomorrow.

  • Paperback / softback, 224 pages
  • ISBN 9781771134354
  • Coming January 2019

Reviews

Activists and the Surveillance State is a wide-ranging exploration of collective organizing in response to state and corporate surveillance. The book’s rich discussion of what movements have learned–and failed to learn–about how surveillance works makes it a crucial reference for scholars and activists alike.

– Arun Kundnani, author of The Muslims Are Coming

This important collection draws critical attention to the harms of state surveillance and police power, and how this power has been challenged and resisted by ordinary citizens. It is a must-read for activists, community organisers, and scholars alike.

– Waqas Tufail, Leeds Beckett University

Activists in social movements and others challenging the prevailing socio-economic and political structures will find in this book invaluable lessons and an effective antidote to the harassment, infiltration and ‘dirty tricks’ of agencies that uphold the interests of the corporate and political elite.

– Salim Vally, University of Johannesburg

By asking us to consider different histories of knowledge production and resistance, this book provides a nuanced and timely intervention in our ongoing reflections on confrontations with state security, and how they can be used for advancing radical political alternatives.

– Dr Lina Dencik, Cardiff University

An important intervention that moves us beyond assessments of the scale and scope of surveillance and securitisation to reflect on lessons learned from multiple global resistance movements. The contributions in this book prompt us to consider possibilities for more hopeful futures.

– Nisha Kapoor, author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism

Table of Contents

Part I
1 Lessons learnt, lessons lost: Pedagogies of repression, thoughtcrime, and the sharp edge of state power
Aziz Choudhry
2 The surveillance state: A composition in four movements
Radha D’Souza
3 Activist learning and state dataveillance: Lessons from the UK, Mauritius and South Africa
Jane Duncan
Part II
4 Coming of age under surveillance: South Asian, Arab and Afghan American youth and post-9/11 activism
Sunaina Maira
5 ASIO and the Australia–Timor-Leste solidarity movement, 1974–79
Bob Boughton
6 The plantation-to-plant-to-prison pipeline
David Austin interviewed by Aziz Choudry
7 Forgetting national security in ‘Canada’: Towards pedagogies of resistance
Gary Kinsman
8 Prevent as far-right Trojan horse: The creeping radicalisation of the UK national security complex
Nafeez Ahmed
9 Political policing in the UK: A personal perspective
Emily Apple
10 Spies wide shut: Responses and resistance to the national security state in Aotearoa New Zealand
Valerie Morse
Part III
11 Undercover research: Academics, activists and others investigate political policing
Eveline Lubbers
Notes on contributors
Index

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