Disciplinary power, the oligopticon and rhizomatic surveillance in elite sports academies

Andrew Manley, Catherine Palmer, Martin Roderick

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This article aims to apply a post-panoptic view of surveillance within the context of elite sport. Latour’s (2005) ‘oligopticon’ and Deleuze and Guttari’s (2003) ‘rhizomatic’ notion of surveillance networks are adopted to question the relevance and significance of Foucault’s (1979) conceptualisation of surveillance within an elite sports academy setting. A contemporary representation of bio-politics (Rose 1999, 2001) is further utilised to discern the mode of governance and control effective within such institutions. In so doing, this article seeks to understand the evolving methods of surveillance technology and governance and how they are situated within the setting of a contemporary institution. Such considerations aim to provoke a line of questioning surrounding the normalisation of intrusive surveillance practices and their impact upon identity construction and an authentic sense of self.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-319
Number of pages17
JournalSurveillance and Society
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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