Surveillance and Terror in Post-9/11 British and American Television

  • Darcie Rives-East

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This interdisciplinary study examines how state surveillance has preoccupied British and American television series in the twenty years since 9/11. Surveillance and Terror in Post-9/11 British and American Television illuminates how the U.S. and U.K., bound by an historical, cultural, and television partnership, have broadcast numerous programs centred on three state surveillance apparatuses tasked with protecting us from terrorism and criminal activity: the prison, the police, and the national intelligence agency. Drawing from a range of case studies, such as SherlockOrange is the New Black and The Night Manager, this book discusses how television allows viewers, writers, and producers to articulate fears about an increased erosion of privacy and civil liberties following 9/11, while simultaneously expressing a desire for a preventative mechanism that can stop such events occurring in the future. However, these concerns and desires are not new; encompassing surveillance narratives both past and present, this book demonstrates how television today builds on earlier narratives about panoptic power to construct our present understanding of government surveillance.


terrorism crime privacy civil liberties intelligence panoptic power government popular culture transatlantic state history Anglo-American social control Sherlock Holmes Orange is the New Black Person of Interest The Night Manager

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  • Darcie Rives-East
    • 1
  1. 1.Augustana UniversitySioux FallsUSA

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