Sociology at Stanford talk: Sarah Brayne

Wed March 20th 2019, 12:00pm
Stanford GSB - Faculty East Building, Room E247
Sociology at Stanford talk: Sarah Brayne

Please join us for a colloquium being given by Sarah Brayne, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin.

Policing Data

In the past decade, two structural forces intersected: the growth of criminal justice surveillance and the rise of so-called ‘big data.’ The most technologically advanced police departments now use predictive algorithms, network analyses, and other advanced analytic tools for patrol, investigations, and crime analysis. Drawing on fieldwork conducted within the Los Angeles Police Department, this talk offers an empirical account of how the adoption of big data analytics does—and does not—transform police surveillance practices, and to what consequence for social inequality. As law enforcement’s use of big data is a means by which the police themselves come under increased surveillance, the talk will conclude by analyzing forms of officer resistance to the entrenchment of managerial control.

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