tma 01

TMA01 Surveillance: entanglements between Social Welfare and Crime Control. In this essay I am going to look at the entanglements between Social Welfare and Crime Control when using surveillance. There are two distinct aspects to surveillance, to watch out for and to watch over, we see both of these at work in DVD1 Chapter 1. Surveillance is the monitoring of behaviour, it is an everyday experience for all of us in one form or another. In the White Rose Shopping Centre (DVD1 Chapter1 DD208,2008) we see that the use of CCTV (Close Circuit TV) along with Security staff, is an integral part of monitoring and maintaining the safety and security of visitors to the Mall, of protecting the boundaries of that community. CCTV is a visible tool of surveillance, it watches us without our permission and is omnipresent, especially in urban areas. Within the White Rose shopping centre we see that one of the purposes of this type of surveillance is as a strategy to remove and exclude, but we also see evidence of it being used in a Social Welfare setting. There are different outcomes from surveillance within the Mall for specific groups. In this context teenagers in groups are seen as troublemakers and a threat to the safety of the Mall. So the Mall wishes to prevent them from congregating. John White in DVD1(Chapter1 DD208, 2008) ‘we never allow more than a group of five or six….it’s intimidating to our staff and customers….teenagers can be boisterous’. This is evidence of control through surveillance, policing the boundaries, of watching over. We see another aspect of surveillance in Social Welfare by the opening of the Mall early so older people feel safe to walk through the shopping centre. Nasim tells us in DVD1 (Chapter 1, DD208, 2008) that ‘it’s safer, we don’t feel safe at the park’ and Margaret tells us ‘the staff and security are all so friendly ….we do feel safe because of that’, For this group it seem the Mall does not hold the same threats as the outside world, it…