Seeing like a Drone: The Politics of Droneviewing

Bratchford, Gary and Zuev, Dennis (2018) Seeing like a Drone: The Politics of Droneviewing. In: ISA World Congress of Sociology, 15-18 July 2018, Toronto.

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In this paper we explore the politics of the drone video production. Despite the growing literature on the use of drones as technological devices, the visual production side of the drone has been largely ignored. We explore the three distinct communities of practice and scopic regimes: military (and militant), activist (civil) and tourist. We explore the underlying power relations and visual grammar in each of these three drone-aided scopic regimes and suggest the agenda for the future visual sociological research on drones and drone produced imagery

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