The Prüm Regime: Situated Dis/Empowerment in Transnational DNA Profile Exchange

Prainsack, Barbara and Toom, Victor (2010) The Prüm Regime: Situated Dis/Empowerment in Transnational DNA Profile Exchange. British Journal of Criminology, 50 (6). pp. 1117-1135. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

This paper takes critique of surveillance studies scholars of the shortcomings of the panoptic model for analysing contemporary systems of surveillance as a starting point. We argue that core conceptual tools, in conjunction with an under-conceptualization of agency, privilege a focus on the oppressive elements of surveillance. This often yields unsatisfying insights to why surveillance works, for whom, and at whose costs. We discuss the so-called Prüm regime, pertaining to transnational data exchange for forensic and police use in the EU, to illustrate how—by articulating instances of what we call ‘situated dis/empowerment’—agency can be better conceptualized, sharpening our gaze for the large extent to which the empowering and disempowering effects of surveillance depend on each other.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: surveillance, forensic DNA technologies, Prüm Decision, situated dis/empowerment
Subjects: C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
C900 Others in Biological Sciences
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2011 21:30
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 07:49
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4129

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