Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Exploring the interactional and emotional orders within the CCTV lifeworld : a structurational sociology of surveillance workers
Author: Smith, Gavin John Douglas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2682 4251
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2008
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Employing a structuration-derived theoretical approach, this thesis provides a detailed phenomenological account of the everyday life of surveillance systems as conveyed in the narratives and practices of particular sets of surveillance workers. Using an ethnographic approach, and focusing critical attention on how Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) operators ethnomethodologically order, experience and make sense of the physical spaces they inhabit and the mediated realities (simulated spaces) into which they are intimately thrust as an ‘absent presence’, the reader is taken deep within the cultural lifeworld of such settings and is introduced to their ontologically-defining interactional and emotional orders. By analysing the myriad of social relationalities in which the surveillance worker is continually entrenched, consideration is given to systemic formulation (i.e. how systems are interactively constructed as a result of subjective processes), systemic operation (i.e. how operators hermeneutically interpret, relate to, cope and interact with the various images and realities depicted) and systemic experience (i.e. how surveillance systems affect those tasked with their everyday control). Subjectivity is identified as being a crucial constitutive force in each process and a significant variable influencing social system dynamicism. Understanding contradictions and unintended consequences within surveillance practice as being an outcome of the interactional relations and struggles between agents and structures, this thesis shows the lifeworld to be the ‘lifeblood’ not only of social system operationalisation, maintenance and transformation, but also of social scientific analysis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available