The Color of Surveillance: Monitoring of Poor and Working People Reading List

We find our speakers through a combination of literature reviews and calls with experts and community leaders. This year, we wanted to share the fruits of that research. Sources written by or featuring our speakers are listed first and are followed by other sources in alphabetical order.

General Historical Background:

In Our Times, “The Poor Laws,” BBC Radio, Dec. 20, 2018.

Simone Browne, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (2015).

Matthew Desmond, “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.” The New York Times Magazine, Aug. 14, 2019.

For more please see the pdf below:

CoS4 Reading List


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