Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780745337807 Published January 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745337814 Will Publish April 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Activists and the Surveillance State

Learning from Repression

Edited by Aziz Choudry

Activists and the Surveillance State

Edited by Aziz Choudry

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780745337807 Published January 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745337814 Will Publish April 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
In this age of unchecked emphasis on national security, even liberal democracies seem prone to forgetting the histories of political policing and surveillance undergirding what we think of as our safety. Challenging this social amnesia, Aziz Choudry asks: What can we learn about the power of the state from the very people targeted by its security operations?

Drawing on the knowledge of activists and academics from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Chile, Activists and the Surveillance State delves into the harassment, infiltration, and disruption that has colored state responses to those deemed threats to national security. The book shows that, ultimately, movements can learn from their own repression, developing a critical and complex understanding of the nature of states and capital today that can crucially inform the struggles of tomorrow.
Review Quotes
Arun Kundnani, author of The Muslims Are Coming
Activists and the Surveillance State is a wide-ranging exploration of collective organizing in response to state and corporate surveillance. The book’s rich discussion of what movements have learned—and failed to learn—about how surveillance works makes it a crucial reference for scholars and activists alike.”
 
Waqas Tufail, Leeds Beckett University

“This important collection draws critical attention to the harms of state surveillance and police power, and how this power has been challenged and resisted by ordinary citizens. It is a must-read for activists, community organisers, and scholars alike.”

Salim Vally, University of Johannesburg
“Activists in social movements and others challenging the prevailing socioeconomic and political structures will find in this book invaluable lessons and an effective antidote to the harassment, infiltration, and 'dirty tricks' of agencies that uphold the interests of the corporate and political elite.”

 
Nisha Kapoor, author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremis
“An important intervention that moves us beyond assessments of the scale and scope of surveillance and securitisation to reflect on lessons learned from multiple global resistance movements. The contributions in this book prompt us to consider possibilities for more hopeful futures.”

 
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