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While few would doubt that censorship is a form of surveillance, the practice and theory of censorship does not hold as prominent a place within surveillance studies as one might think. In this paper, we demonstrate the constitutive effects of censorship which seep into the collective mentality and in Foucauldian terms, “conducts the conduct”. We examine the wider socio-political impact of China’s censorship of COVID-19. We argue that censorship is a force “at large”. By this we refer to the pervasive uptake of censorship practices at different levels and how it manifests itself as a form of power unchained, making it difficult, if not impossible to track and contain its impact, even for the authorities. We highlight the domestic impact of how China’s censorship regime bends its population into acquiescing to a harmonious denial of their collective prospects and how it curtails the global response.
Author(s): Zhang JY, Barr M
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Surveillance & Society
Online publication date: 21/09/2021
Acceptance date: 22/12/2020
Date deposited: 16/02/2021
ISSN (electronic): 1477-7487
Publisher: Surveillance Studies Network
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