Surveiller en éradiquant : l’importance des « médiateurs de la surveillance » et des réseaux informels dans la surveillance des risques sanitaires et environnementaux

Abstract : Surveillance measures, now a major form of public action in relation to health and environmental risks, often rely on cooperation among parties with contradictory interests. This cooperation is analyzed in cases when neither coercion nor incentives suffice to obtain it. A study of an attack by a virus on crops has brought to light arrangements that contrast with the formal setup for surveillance. These arrangements made it possible for health-related information to circulate. They were facilitated by the activity of “surveillance mediators” who were able — thanks to their durable local roots and their technical qualifications — to relate to different social worlds. Light is thus shed on the need both to take into account the political nature of the data collected during surveillance activities and to examine the many forms they take — forms that are the very conditions for data collection.
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Giovanni Prete. Surveiller en éradiquant : l’importance des « médiateurs de la surveillance » et des réseaux informels dans la surveillance des risques sanitaires et environnementaux. Sociologie du Travail, Elsevier Masson, 2008, 50 (4), pp.489-504. ⟨http://www.em-consulte.com/article/189729⟩. ⟨10.1016/j.soctra.2008.09.002⟩. ⟨halshs-01236020⟩

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