The New Politics Of Surveillance And Visibility / Edition 1

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Overview

Since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, surveillance has been put forward as the essential tool for the 'war on terror,' with new technologies and policies offering police and military operatives enhanced opportunities for monitoring suspect populations. The last few years have also seen the public's consumer tastes become increasingly codified, with 'data mines' of demographic information such as postal codes and purchasing records. Additionally, surveillance has become a form of entertainment, with 'reality' shows becoming the dominant genre on network and cable television.

In The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility, editors Kevin D. Haggerty and Richard V. Ericson bring together leading experts to analyse how society is organized through surveillance systems, technologies, and practices. They demonstrate how the new political uses of surveillance make visible that which was previously unknown, blur the boundaries between public and private, rewrite the norms of privacy, create new forms of inclusion and exclusion, and alter processes of democratic accountability. This collection challenges conventional wisdom and advances new theoretical approaches through a series of studies of surveillance in policing, the military, commercial enterprises, mass media, and health sciences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802048783
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Green College Thematic Lecture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 1,101,099
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Richard V. Ericson was Principal of Green College, University of British Columbia, a centre for interndisciplinary scholarship and graduate education.

Kevin D. Haggerty is a member of Green College and a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

1 The new politics of surveillance and visibility 3
2 9/11, synopticon, and scopophilia : watching and being watched 35
3 Welcome to the society of control : the simulation of surveillance revisited 55
4 Varieties of personal information as influences on attitudes towards surveillance 79
5 Struggling with surveillance : resistance, consciousness, and identity 111
6 A Faustian bargain? : America and the dream of total information awareness 141
7 Surveillance fiction or higher policing? 171
8 An alternative current in surveillance and control : broadcasting surveillance footage of crimes 199
9 Surveillance and military transformation : organizational trends in twenty-first-century armed services 225
10 Visible war : surveillance, speed, and information war 250
11 Cracking the consumer code : advertisers, anxiety, and surveillance in the digital age 279
12 (En)visioning the television audience : revisiting questions of power in the age of interactive television 308
13 Cultures of mania : towards an anthropology of mood 327
14 Surveillant Internet technologies and the growth in information capitalism : spams and public trust in the information society 340
15 Data mining, surveillance, and discrimination in the post-9/11 environment 363
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