Date of Degree

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Women's and Gender Studies

Advisor

Rupal Oza

Subject Categories

Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Film and Media Studies | Photography | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Keywords

Race, Data, Surveillance, Privacy, Black Studies

Abstract

In “Refusing White Privacy” I look at theories in White Data and Surveillance Studies around what data is, how it is made to exist, and for whom, in order to intervene in the conceptualization of data as an inevitable residue of human life and relationship. Through this intervention, I show that the alleged crises of privacy ushered in by allegedly non-racial smart technologies (a preoccupation in WDSS) is underwritten by racializing technologies from the Antebellum era to the present.

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