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The Common Gaze


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Acknowledgements ix Introduction xi Part 1 1. Surveillance as a Twenty-first-century Culture 3 2. The Common Gaze as a Twenty-first-century Imaginary 20 Part 2 3. Influence: Hacking Citizens 45 4. Identity: Quantifying Yourself 94 5. Identification: Algorithms of Oppression and Liberation 141 Part 3 6. Common Gazing as Public Practice 197 7. Common Gazing as Church Practice 207 Conclusion 218 Afterword 220 Bibliography 225 Index of Biblical References 245 Index 247

About the Author

Eric Stoddart speaks and teaches widely in the area of how theology and religion in general might respond to our surveillance culture. He is Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion & Politics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and jointly coordinates the research-focused Surveillance and Religion Network.


"In his excellent book The Common Gaze, Eric Stoddart raises crucial issues for us to understand the consequences of surveillance practices. Nowadays, and everywhere, humans are accustomed to surveillance, intertwined with people's daily life. Stoddart enlightens norms, practices, values, and relations towards surveillance in society and church. A common gaze is both a threat and a foundation for safety and love. Stoddart gives a terrific contribution from a humane, Christian, and Biblical point of view." -- Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson, University College Stockholm
"Eric Stoddart is one of our leading theological commentators on the impact of contemporary technologies on our everyday lives and the challenges they present for church, academy and society. This volume, with its continuing exploration of surveillance as an ever-present and increasing fact of life, continues the vital task of articulating a public and practical theological ethic for our complicated and conflicted times." -- Elaine Graham, University of Chester, UK

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