Surveillance after September 11 / Edition 1

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Prominent among the quests for post-9/11 security are developments in surveillance, especially at national borders. These developments are not new, but many of them have been extended and intensified. The result? More and more people and populations are counted as "suspicious" and, at the same time, surveillance techniques become increasingly opaque and secretive. Lyon argues that in the aftermath of 9/11 there have been qualitative changes in the security climate: diverse databases containing personal information are being integrated; biometric identifiers, such as iris scans, are becoming more popular; consumer data are merged with those obtained for policing and intelligence, both nationally and across borders. This all contributes to the creation of ever-widening webs of surveillance. But these systems also sort people into categories for differential treatment, the most obvious case being that of racial profiling. This book assesses the consequences of these trends. Lyon argues that while extraordinary legal measures and high-tech systems are being adopted, promises made on their behalf - that terrorism can be prevented - are hard to justify. Furthermore, intensifying surveillance will have social consequences whose effects could be far-reaching: the undermining of social trust and of democratic participation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Since September 11, surveillance has been stepped up throughoutmost of the world. Governments and businesses monitor personalbehavior and analyze a host of data that individuals are oftenunaware they generate. But both privacy and open politicalparticipation are under challenge. In this context, David Lyonoffers a welcome overview and a wise sense of the many issues thatintersect in new forms and intensity of surveillance. He neitherexaggerates nor underestimates the major issues before usnow.”

Craig Calhoun, Social Science Research Council, New York

“David Lyon provides a chilling and comprehensive accountof the surveillance response to 9/11 by nation-states andcorporations. His writing is exceptionally clear and graceful, hisscholarship is impeccable, and his judgment is fair andwise.”Mark Poster, University of California

“A devastating critique on the attempt to engineersecurity through ever-increasing surveillance capabilities. Lyonbrilliantly shows us how these begin to function as a clandestinepower that erodes democracy in the name of ourwellbeing.”

Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and its Discontents

"Surveillance After September 11 provides the reader witha very useful analysis of past and current security trends, alongwith predictions of possible future devlopments, in the context ofglobal social change. Lyon's book provides us with a useful,relevant, clear-minded starting-point."

International Journal of Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745631813
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Series: Themes for the 21st Century Series, #11
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 137.10 (w) x 190.50 (h) x 13.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of Sociology, Queen’s University, Kingston,Ontario, Canada

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Understanding Surveillance.

Chapter 2: Intensifying Surveillance.

Chapter 3: Automating Surveillance.

Chapter 4: Integrating Surveillance.

Chapter 5: Globalizing Surveillance.

Chapter 6: Resisting Surveillance.



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