The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror / Edition 1

The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror / Edition 1

by Christian Parenti, Chip (Eds.) Rossetti
     
 


From the cutting-edge young historian and reporter Christian Parenti, a vivid, chilling history of surveillance in American life-from the antebellum South to the computerized landscape of the futuristic present.See more details below

Overview


From the cutting-edge young historian and reporter Christian Parenti, a vivid, chilling history of surveillance in American life-from the antebellum South to the computerized landscape of the futuristic present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465054855
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/22/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
976,494
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Christian Parenti is the author of Lockdown America. His writing appears regularly in The Nation, the San Diego Union Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics and is currently a Soros Senior Justice Fellow at the Open Society Institute and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center. He lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Life in the Glass Box1
Ch. 2Antebellum ID: Genealogies of Identification and Registration13
Ch. 3The Accumulation of Bodies, Part I: Identification and Photography33
Ch. 4The Accumulation of Bodies, Part II: Early Biometrics43
Ch. 5Cruel Gam Saan: Surveillance and Chinese Exclusion61
Ch. 6Of Ones and Zeros: Digital Surveillance Emerges77
Ch. 7Surveillance and the Sinews of Commerce91
Ch. 8Camera Land: Security Aesthetics and Public Space109
Ch. 9The Digital Leash: Mobility and Freedom121
Ch. 10The New Taylorism: Surveillance, Work, and Discipline131
Ch. 11The Benevolent Gaze: Dossiers and the Helping Professions151
Ch. 12The Eye of Justice169
Ch. 13Voyeurism and Security Culture183
Ch. 14Fear As Institution: 9/11 and Surveillance Triumphant199
Notes213
Index257

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >