Journal of Social Policy

Article

The Social Division of Welfare Surveillance

PAUL HENMANa1 and GREG MARSTONa1

a1 Social Policy Unit, School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia email: p.henman@uq.edu.au, g.marston@uq.edu.au

Abstract

Electronic surveillance has grown rapidly in recent years. Despite this, surveillance practices and their social products are yet to receive serious attention in the academic field of social policy. Extending Titmuss’ classical articulation of the social division of welfare, this article develops the notion of the social division of welfare surveillance to point to the way in which surveillance, compliance burdens and risk management unevenly operate within society. The implications for reinforcing social divisions and critical social policy analysis are discussed.