‘A sneaky bit of stalking’: Young people, social network sites, and practices of online surveillance

Milivojevic, Sanja, Crofts, Thomas, Lee, Murray and McGovern, Alyce (2018) ‘A sneaky bit of stalking’: Young people, social network sites, and practices of online surveillance. Temida, 21 (2). pp. 181-205. ISSN 1450-6637

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This article maps the important albeit under-researched relationship between young people, social network sites, and surveillance practices they encounter or engage with in their digital lives. Based on original empirical research, this article unpacks the complexities of young people’s digital identities, and explores strategies of surveillance, covert and overt, that young people are subjected to and perform on a daily basis. Often justified through risk-based crime prevention narratives, such intrusive strategies scrutinise young people in order to anticipate crime and victimisation on social network sites that has not yet, and might never occur. As such, these strategies are arguably underpinned by pre-crime logics of anticipating and targeting impending crime and victimisation. Importantly, they are increasingly normalised as they are imposed for young people’s “own good”. Yet, as this article demonstrates, young people are aware of such strategies and simultaneously engage in, experience being subject to, and resist surveillance practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital identity, surveillance, social network site, young people
Subjects: M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 09:28
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 12:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43856

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