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Mundane terror and the threat of everyday objects


The surveillance studies community has grown significantly over the last 10 years and continues to be characterised by lively debate, detailed empirical studies and engagement with a broad range of theoretical perspectives. However, this chapter will argue that objects (rather than people) as matters of concern have hitherto been somewhat neglected. Ordinary and mundane objects form a central focus for the governance, accountability and surveillance relations which characterise our everyday life. This chapter will suggest that objects have become a poignant matter of concern for surveillance activities as a result of particular articulations of terrorist threats. Objects and the possible threats they pose have thus become matter(s) of security and insecurity.