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Grad Chat - March 7

Grad Chat - March 7

This week on Grad Chat:
Dr Scott Thompson: Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow (Sociology), Supervised by Dr David Lyon

Research Topic:Surveillance & Classification

Overview of research: The focus of my research is on the relationship between policy, classification, governance and surveillance technologies, with a specific emphasis on the capacity of governing systems to (re)produce social inequalities and relationships of cumulative disadvantage within Indigenous populations. My work speaks to current theoretical debates within the criminology, policing and governance literatures regarding the role of classification and surveillance in identity performance – in particular in how they relate to Aboriginal identity and society.
I rely on a mixed methods approach, drawing primarily on government documents accessed at Library and Archives Canada or gained through Access to Information and Privacy Act (ATIP) or Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests. Where possible, I work to supplement thes