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From the horrific images of James Bulger's abduction at the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, through to the frighteningly mundane pictures of the July 7th bombers at Luton Station, surveillance is a key part of our everyday lives.

In this topical reader Sean Hier and Josh Greenberg bring together extracts from some of the most influential readings on surveillance studies. The reader examines thoughts about self-surveillance, scrutiny of specific parts of society, sophisticated data gathering techniques and the ubiquity of CCTV. While surveillance is an intrinsic feature of human social relationships, it is only in the past few years that information and data-gathering techniques have emerged as a sustained multi-disciplinary topic of investigation and theorization.

Surveillance studies, now a rapidly growing area of academic study, has begun documenting the changing character and consequences of surveillance techniques throughout the world. The readings presented in this book represent one more step towards developing a coherent statement on surveillance studies.

The readings are organised into distinct sections:

• Surveillance, the nation-state and social control

• Computers, simulations and assemblages

• Surveillance in everyday life

• Surveillance, politics and social inequality

• Surveillance and public opinion

• Ethics, privacy and resistance

The Surveillance Studies Reader is key reading for students of sociology, politics, social policy, media and communications studies, social psychology and criminology.

Essays by: Charles Barker, Colin Bennett, William Bogard, Roy Coleman, Christopher Dandeker, Richard Eriscson, Michel Foucault, Oscar H. Gandy, Anthony Giddens, John Gilliom, Stephen Graham, Kevin Haggerty, Susan Hansen, Sean P. Hier, David Lyon, Gary Marx, Dawn Moore, Mike Nellis, Charles Raab, Alasdair Roberts, James Rule, Graham Sewell, Mimi Sheller, John Torpey, John Urry, Kevin Walby, David Wood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335220267
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Hier is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is the editor of Contemporary Social Thought: Themes and Theories (2005) and Race and Racism in 21st Century Canada (2007), and Identity and Belonging: Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Canadian Society (2006).

Josh Greenberg is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Canada.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: Surveillance, the nation-state and social control
1 Social control and modern social structure - James B. Rule
2 Modernity, totalitarianism and critical theory - Anthony Giddens
3 Surveillance: basic concepts and dimensions - Christopher Dandeker4 Coming and going: on the state monopolization of the legitimate'means of movement' - John Torpey
5 Panopticism - Michel Foucault

PART 2: Computers, simulations and surveillance
6 What's new about the 'new surveillance'? Classifying for changeand continuity - Gary T. Marx
7 Surveillance, its simulation, and hypercontrol in virtual systems - William Bogard
8 The surveillant assemblage - Kevin Haggerty and Richard Ericson
9 Probing the surveillant assemblage: on the dialectics of surveillancepractices as processes of social control - Sean P. Hier

PART 3: Surveillance and everyday life
10 Everyday surveillance: personal data and social classifications - David Lyon
11 Data mining and surveillance in the post-9/11 environment - Oscar H. Gandy
12 From 'common observation' to behavioural risk management: workplace surveillance and employee assistance 1914–2003 - Susan Hansen
13 How closed-circuit television surveillance organizes the social: aninstitutional ethnography - Kevin Walby

PART 4: Surveillance, social inequality and social problems
14 Welfare surveillance - John Gilliom
15 Digitizing surveillance: categorization, space, inequality - Stephen Graham and David Wood
16 Surveillance in the city: primary definition and urbanspatial order - Roy Coleman
17 Bring it on home: home drug testing and the relocation of thewar on drugs - Dawn Moore and Kevin D. Haggerty

PART 5: Surveillance and public opinion
18 News media, popular culture and the electronic monitoring ofoffenders in England and Wales - Mike Nellis
19 Public opinion surveys and the formation of privacy policy - Oscar H. Gandy, Jr.
20 Spin control and freedom of information: lessons for the UnitedKingdom from Canada - Alasdair S. Roberts

PART 6: Mobility, privacy, ethics and resistance
21 Mobile transformations of 'public' and 'private' life - Mimi Sheller and John Urry
22 The privacy paradigm - Colin Bennett and Charles Raab
23 Neither good, nor bad, but dangerous: surveillance as anethical paradox - Graham Sewell and James R. Barker
24 Resisting surveillance - David Lyon

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