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Governamentalità e rischio in due campus universitari americani

novitàdigital Governamentalità e rischio in due campus universitari americani
fascicolo STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2020 - 1
titolo Governamentalità e rischio in due campus universitari americani
Risk and Governamentality in Two American Universities
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 04-2020
doi 10.26350/000309_000086
issn 0039291X (stampa) | 18277896 (digitale)
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Within each American university campus, a Department of Public Safety (DPS) is designated to send students emails, labelled as crime alert, whenever a crime is committed on campus or in the surrounding area. This study sought to investigate the extent to which information sharing about criminal events through new technology devices (including apps and emails) may alter risk perception and therefore lead students to modify their behaviour. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with students (10) and DPS staff (10) and participant observation (7 months) on two US university campuses. Using the governmentality approach in reading the results, new elements, related to risk and its social manifestation, emerged. The notification system of notifications is preceded by an internal selection process in which it is decided what to send or not to the students. Specifically, on the basis of evidence it is argued that some crimes, including sexual violence, are never mentioned even though they are the main issue within the campuses. Emphasizing some risks and leaving out others produces a “truth” around the risk itself.


Risk, Crime alert, American campus, Governamentality, Experts

Biografia dell'autore

Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università di Bologna. Email: