Overvågning - Et elektronisk Panoptikon?

Natasha Lehde Mosbæk, Caroline Rygaard Henriksen, Freja Balele Sortstjerne Slot, Mille Hvid, Filip Kokkenborg & Andreas Østerskov Brandenborg-Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper seeks to examine how or if Jeremy Bentham’s original construction of the Inspection House, Panopticon, is used as the fundament of China’s newly developed Social Credit System (SCS). The essential premisses of the Panopticon are of an important matter, since it is the ultimative guide towards obtaining a tolerably, complete understanding of the ideas behind the Panopticon. Furthermore, that one may be able to discuss if those ideas can be applied to the Social Credit System in China.
In order to investigate whether or not the Social Credit System can be referred to as a modern Panopticon, or if it is merely an outdated surveillance theory, the work of Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault, David Lyon and Kevin D. Haggerty will be carefully reviewed and interpreted in a chronological order. Their work on the matter contributes to a nuanced debate of Panopticon as a simple construction and as a metaphorical instrument. It has directed this paper towards an incisive analysis of China’s Social Credit System and its resemblance to Panopticon. Furthermore, there is distinction between respectively Panopticon as a construction, panopticism and post-panopticism, in order to create a historical timeline and also to highlight the metaphorical interpretation of the term. Additionally, the discussion paragraph tries to illustrate the possible transition from panopticism to post-panopticism, and in continuation of this, if there is a new era of surveillance in the offing with China as the point of reference. Finally, the essence of this paper seeks to appraise the need for the term Panopticon and by this evaluate, if it is simply just a matter of general surveillance.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2018
Antal sider52
VejledereKasper Risbjerg Eskildsen


  • Panoptikon
  • Overvågning
  • SCS
  • Foucault
  • Bentham