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SOCY 427: Identification, Surveillance and Citizenship


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  • citizenship AND surveillance
  • bodies AND biometric
  • “biometric surveillance”
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‚ÄčOnce you have located a book of interest through a title, author of keyword search, if a subject heading(s) describes what you are looking for, click on it to find additional items on your topic or use the subject headings for other words to use in your keyword searches. 

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Useful Subject Headings

  • Electronic surveillance – social aspects
  • Identification cards
  • Information technology – moral and ethical aspects
  • Information technology – social aspects


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