Surveillance and Security: Technological Politics and Power in Everyday Life

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Even before 9/11, surveillance was becoming more pervasive in American life. Since 9/11, the phenomenon has exploded. From bar codes to hidden cameras to national identity cards to VeriChips, surveillance has become an important and volatile issue that has seemingly spread everywhere. Surveillance and Security features essays from prominent writers on the subject from various disciplines. They not only describe the range of surveillance technologies used in everyday life but also investigate the politics of their use. The chapters discuss biometric technologies at airports and borders, video surveillance in schools, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in hospitals, and magnetic strips on welfare food cards. By focusing on examples from everyday life, this collection reveals how surveillance technologies not only serve as conduits of power, but facilitate resistance to it as well. Given the ubiquity of the phenomenon and the controversies surrounding it, the book speaks to all readers interested in surveillance studies, the sociology of science and technology, criminology, and women's studies, as well as those interested in the intersection of technology and contemporary social life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415953924
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Torin Monahan is assistant professor in the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of the Routledge book Globalization, Technology Change, And Public Education (2005).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Questioning surveillance and security 1
Ch. 2 The state goes home : local hypervigilance of children and the global retreat from social reproduction 27
Ch. 3 Soft surveillance : the growth of mandatory volunteerism in collecting personal information - "hey buddy can you spare a DNA?" 37
Ch. 4 Everyday insecurities : the microbehavioral politics of intrusive surveillance 57
Ch. 5 Indoor positioning and digital management : emerging surveillance regimes in hospitals 77
Ch. 6 Technologies of citizenship : surveillance and political learning in the welfare system 89
Ch. 7 The surveillance curriculum : risk management and social control in the neoliberal school 109
Ch. 8 "Don't be low hanging fruit" : identity theft as moral panic 125
Ch. 9 Cop watching in the downtown eastside : exploring the use of (counter) surveillance as a tool of resistance 149
Ch. 10 Defensive surveillance : lessons from the republican national convention 167
Ch. 11 Borderline identities : the enrollment of bodies in the technological reconstruction of borders 177
Ch. 12 "Divided we move" : the dromologics of airport security and surveillance 195
Ch. 13 Why where you are matters : mundane mobilities, transparent technologies, and digital discrimination 209
Ch. 14 Using intelligent transport systems to track buses and passengers 225
Ch. 15 The bundling of geospatial information with everyday experience 243
Ch. 16 Techniques of preparedness 265
Ch. 17 Technology studies for terrorists : a short course 275
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