“Knowing the Double Agent: Islam, Uncertainty and the Fragility of the Surveillant Gaze in Homeland

  • Alex Adams


Homeland’s major events take place in the interstices unavailable to surveillance, and its thematic/generic preoccupations—identity, allegiance, betrayal—are explored through the figure of the elusive, yet intimately present, double agent. Such explorations are often subtly racialized: the double agent is the ultimate unstable and ambiguous figure, and the risk that they represent is amplified through their frequent association with Islam. This chapter critiques Homeland’s controversial and overly determined Orientalist gaze, and its role in the informal dissemination of securitisation ideology, by unpicking the ways in which Islam is shown as suspicious and threatening and by showing how Homeland constitutes Muslims as members of a suspect community, a surveillable population. Homeland performs the ideological function of showing surveillance as a tool that not only can prevent atrocities but also can help to establish a principle of political knowledge and differentiation.


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  • Alex Adams
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarNewcastle upon TyneUK

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