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Subject/Keyword
Surveillance
CopWatch
Police
Edmonton
Qualitative
Accoutability
Photography
Visibility
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Sandhu, Ajay
Supervisor and department
Haggerty, Kevin (sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Bucerius, Sandra (sociology)
Goldsmith, Andrew (law)
Oriola, Tope (sociology)
Doyle, Aaron (sociology and anthropology)
Aitkin, Rob (political science)
Department
Department of Sociology
Specialization

Date accepted
2016-03-16T10:46:44Z
Graduation date
2016-06
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
This project contributes to our understanding of police visibility through a case study of Albertan police officers’ perceptions of, and responses to, the growing network of cameras targeting law enforcement agents. Contrary to what many readers might expect, my research participants did not uniformly resent or resist cameras. Instead they expressed diverse perspectives about being on camera, which I categorize as the apathetic perspective, strategic perspective, and camera-shy perspective. This dissertation provides insights into the perspectives that my participants aligned themselves with as they experienced higher visibility, how these perspectives influence their behaviour, and the implications of these perspectives for the popular assumptions that raising police visibility can contribute to police accountability, and incite a war against photography.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R30R9MF42
Rights
This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
Citation for previous publication
Sandhu, Ajay and Haggerty, Kevin D. 2015. Policing on Camera. Theoretical Criminology. DOI: 10.1177/1362480615622531

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