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#340 HANGING AROUND ON AND OFFLINE: BETWEEN THE ESCAPE FROM SOCIAL CONTROL AND NEW FORMS OF SURVEILLANCE

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First name Barbara Middle name Last name Turk Niskač
Title PhD, Research Assistant Organization / Institution ZRC SAZU Department Institute of Slovenian Ethnology
Address Novi trg 5 Postal / Zip code 1000 Country SI
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Abstract

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HANGING AROUND ON AND OFFLINE: BETWEEN THE ESCAPE FROM SOCIAL CONTROL AND NEW FORMS OF SURVEILLANCE

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When compulsory schooling was introduced in the 19th century as a means of discipline within a new work ethic that emerged in the moral discourse of increasing productivity, idleness and wandering were seen as threats, and children and young people had to be disciplined to do productive work and use their time effectively (Foucault 1995). On the other hand, the digital revolution is breaking down the division between work and leisure, public and private spheres, and introduces new forms of surveillance. It also introduces new forms of work that, while not work in the traditional sense, constitute a new system of capital accumulation in which algorithms continuously mine behavioral data (Zuboff 2019). Based on my research on the experiences of students in Slovenia aged nine to fifteen hanging out with their friends in the physical world, such as wandering and socializing, and their engagement with social media, I propose that both experiences potentially share the characteristics of aimlessness, fun, sociability, and escape from social norms and adult supervision. Moreover, virtual and physical space are often intertwined in their everyday experiences. Yet, new forms of discipline and surveillance in the digital age need to be further examined especially in the midst of the COVID -19 epidemic when distance learning made engagement in cyberspace with videoconference school lessons and other online interactive tools a duty, a new kind of work. At the same time, both leisure and socialization activities became increasingly confined to the same digital realm.

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Panel no. 03 – Miscellaneous

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Oral

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This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-19 15:06h by Deepak Behera

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Accepted