Studies in Control Societies invites a consideration of whether periodizing the shifts between disciplinary and control societies, Fordism and post-Fordism, or other transformations in state power, political economy, and the creation of contemporary information technologies is a useful conceptual framework for understanding the present. Periodization may be useful in that it clearly demarcates precisely what is “new” about new media technologies, ubiquitous online surveillance, and transformations in work, leisure, politics, and policy. However, as Franklin suggests, periodization may also mystify the contingencies between previous modes of production, technologies of discipline and control, and relations of power that have continuously underwritten the ability of state and market actors to shape social reality to their benefit.
We also welcome reviews of texts published within the last 5 years that engage with the question of periodization including (but not limited to) Seb Franklin’s Control, Simone Brown’s Dark Matters: The Surveillance of Blackness, and Joseph Pugliese’s Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics.
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