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5.4 SOCIOLOGY, Sociology, Demography, Anthropology, Social topics, 5.8 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS, Media and socio-cultural communication

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The aim of this thesis is to explore the ramifications of surveillance by comparing aspects of the surveilled states of the GDR and NI during the 1970sand 1980s and their effects. This study will focus on the historical techniques and commonalties exploited by both states, exploringthe influential factors underlying the acceptance of surveillance, along with their impact on individual stakeholders, communities and societies. Foucault,who plays a key role in the theoretical framework of this thesis, in Discipline and Punishprovides ananalysis of Jeremy Bentham’s panopticonsuggests, in which he perceivedthe constant threat of surveillance has an altering effect on individual behaviour, surveillanceas Foucault argues:‘becomes an internalized disciplinary mechanism that is embedded in social structures and evokes self-regulation’ (Foucault,1979,p.15)Current studies have yet to determinewhat impact these surveillance practices will have on the way we function, both as a society and a communities and what influence it will have on the way we interact and communicate with each other.


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