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Secure care 

Secure care
Secure care

Annie Bartlett

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date: 07 August 2020

This chapter considers how relevant the analysis of power and surveillance based on historical ethnographic material is to contemporary secure care. Returning to the ground breaking insights of Foucault, it argues that much surveillance intrinsic to secure hospital practice has now extended to the community. At the same time it challenges the utility of older, entirely negative understandings of surveillance and control. It places the debate for practitioners in a world characterized, in part, by the willingness of many people both to be seen and to see in ways that were technologically impossible until a decade ago. It concludes by arguing that surface understanding, however technologically mediated, will not keep our hospitals safe for staff and patients and that there is an ongoing role for the routine use of the deep methods of inquiry demonstrated in the book.

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