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Making Things Stick

Surveillance Technologies and Mexico's War on Crime

Keith Guzik

Publisher: University of California Press
Imprint: University of California Press
Published: 02/2016
Pages: 272
Print ISBN: 9780520284043
eBook ISBN: 9780520959705


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With Mexico’s War on Crime as the backdrop, Making Things Stick offers an innovative analysis of how surveillance technologies impact governance in the global society. More than just tools to monitor ordinary people, surveillance technologies are imagined by government officials as a way to reform the national state by focusing on the material things—cellular phones, automobiles, human bodies—that can enable crime. In describing the challenges that the Mexican government has encountered in implementing this novel approach to social control, Keith Guzik presents surveillance technologies as a sign of state weakness rather than strength and as an opportunity for civic engagement rather than retreat.