Everything you do : young adult fiction and surveillance in an age of security

Mallan, Kerry (2014) Everything you do : young adult fiction and surveillance in an age of security. International Research in Children's Literature, 7(1), pp. 1-17.

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Espionage, surveillance and clandestine operations by secret agencies and governments were something of an East–West obsession in the second half of the twentieth century, a fact reflected in literature and film. In the twenty-first century, concerns of the Cold War and the threat of Communism have been rearticulated in the wake of 9/11. Under the rubric of ‘terror’ attacks, the discourses of security and surveillance are now framed within an increasingly global context. As this article illustrates, surveillance fiction written for young people engages with the cultural and political tropes that reflect a new social order that is different from the Cold War era, with its emphasis on spies, counter espionage, brainwashing and psychological warfare. While these tropes are still evident in much recent literature, advances in technology have transformed the means of tracking, profiling and accumulating data on individuals’ daily activities. Little Brother, The Hunger Games and Article 5 reflect the complex relationship between the real and the imaginary in the world of surveillance and, as this paper discusses, raise moral and ethical issues that are important questions for young people in our age of security.

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ID Code: 69803
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: surveillance fiction, technology, security, personal liberty, moral subjects
DOI: 10.3366/ircl.2014.0110
ISSN: 1755-6198
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 International Research Society for Children’s Literature
Copyright Statement: This article has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in International Research in Children's Literature. The version of record (International Research in Children’s Literature 7.1 (2014): 1–17) can be located at the following URL: http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/ircl.2014.0110
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2014 22:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 01:45

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