New Publication: Schulze, M. 2015. Patterns of Surveillance Legitimization: The German Discourse on the NSA Scandal. Surveillance & Society 13(2): 197-217

This paper conceptualizes scandals as a special type of discourse in which the legitimacy of surveillance institutions and practices comes into question. Scandals force surveillance advocates to engage in legitimacy management practices (Suchmann 1995) and adopt legitimization strategies that can be observed. This paper presents a framework for the study of surveillance legitimizing strategies in […]

Why social scientists have a hard day

While going through some material about the social construction of terrorism via discoursive practice, I found some amusing comments about Germany’s top selling tabloid the Bild Zeitung. In their article Rainer Hülsse and Alexander Spencer argue, that our conception of terrorism is constructed with discourses within newspapers. The use of metaphors is existential for how […]

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