Everyday HybridityDr Paul O'Connor
"The key message is that through our fears of being left out and excluded, we have gleefully taken the responsibility of our own monitoring—always available, always able to be monitored. Perhaps the more subtle theme of the book is that we, too, whilst being watched, are also always watching."
I just finished submitting my review of the Bauman and Lyon book for CSR. I thought I would include these final comments here as they are just so topical in the light of the Snowden affair and continued revelations of the U.S. and U.K. government, and NSA.
One thing I mention in the review is that the book doesn’t talk a great deal about how the same technologies are being used to cast critique back at, and undermine, governments, businesses, and individuals that are doing the surveillance. This has been picked up nicely in Cyborgology with the humorous subversion of online surveillance. The ludic tweets they note, force the issue that although we remain complicit in using these technologies, we also know what is going on. Resistance through play, like Axel Foley and the Banana in the tailpipe!
"Islam in Hong Kong is a much-needed contribution to the fields of Asian studies and religious studies as a window into the reality of Muslim diversity that has too often been overshadowed by Western experiences of Muslim minorities or attempts to unfold the puzzle of Islam in China. Hong Kong is a world in itself, and its religious life has been long neglected by scholars. This book makes the everyday experiences of Muslim residents in this city available for comparative purposes and it opens numerous opportunities for further research."
Chiara Formichi’s review of my book “Islam in Hong” in the current issue of Asian Anthropology.
Professor Formichi provides a very well balanced and insightful overview of the text.
"Something passes as natural precisely when it conforms perfectly and without apparent effort to accepted models, to the habits valorised by a tradition."
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