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Internalised Surveillance

Internalised surveillance is a concept developed by Foucault to describe how we are now so conscious of constant surveillance that we have internalised it: we will behave in a socially-desirable manner (or pretend to!) for fear of judgement and reprimand from formal agencies. This will include the food we give to babies and the care with which we recycle. The consciousness of surveillance makes us conform in order to avoid being labelled deviant by comparison with our peers.

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