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Overview

A second edition of this textbook is now available.

This book highlights 'mundane' practices that increasingly influence our schools, homes and communities; cameras, Opagers', electronic monitoring instruments, the digital 'paper trail' of 'cashless' transactions, random drug testing, and 'integrity tests'. The author journeys back and forth between the justice system and the everyday life of the postmodern to illustrate how the lines between these two spheres of social life are increasingly blurred by the use of new surveillance technologies. Taken together, these surveillance rituals constitute the building blocks of a rapidly emerging society of discipline, one increasingly stripped of personal privacy, individual trust, and a viable public life that supports and maintains democratic values and practices.

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Editorial Reviews

British Journal of Criminology
The suggestion made by Everyday Surveillance that a 'quiet revolution' is occuring in which we are all targets is a thought provoking one. It reminds us that we all are responsible for encouraging surveillance by being seduced by its promises, fearing the consequences without it and heralding it as society's salvation. The book flags up some new directions in which the study of visual, informational and communication technologies might profitably head.
Social Forces
This book is very well written. . . . It offers a fascinating chronicle of the rage to invent new forms of surveillance, as well as pithy conceptualizations that organize the empirical materials nicely. As such, it clearly meets Staples's stated goal of providing an accesible undergraduate textbook.
British Journal Of Criminology
The suggestion made by Everyday Surveillance that a 'quiet revolution' is occuring in which we are all targets is a thought provoking one. It reminds us that we all are responsible for encouraging surveillance by being seduced by its promises, fearing the consequences without it and heralding it as society's salvation. The book flags up some new directions in which the study of visual, informational and communication technologies might profitably head.
Contemporary Sociology
Lively and engaging. Instructors looking for a sociological treatment of an interesting contemporary issue will find that this book would provoke discussion and debate among students in undergraduate or graduate courses.
Contemporary Sociology
Lively and engaging. Instructors looking for a sociological treatment of an interesting contemporary issue will find that this book would provoke discussion and debate among studnets in undergraduate or graduate courses.
Social Forces
This book is very well written....It offers a fascinating chronicle of the rage to invent new forms of surveillance, as well as pithy conceptualizations that organize the empirical materials nicely. As such, it clearly meets Staples's stated goal of providing an accesible undergraduate textbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742500785
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Staples is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Everyday Surveillance Chapter 2 The Scaffold, the Penitentiary, and Beyond Chapter 3 The Gaze and its Compulsions Chapter 4 Bodily Intrusions Chapter 5 Cu-SeeMe and the Internet Chapter 6 The Revolution will not be Televised
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