Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life

Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life

by William G. Staples

Hardcover(Second Edition)

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When we think of surveillance in our society, we usually imagine "Big Brother" scenarios with the government tracking our every move. The actual surveillance of our everyday lives is much more subtle, however, and may be more insidious. William G. Staples shows how our lives are tracked by both public and private organizations-sometimes with our consent, and sometimes without-through our internet use, cell phones, public video cameras, credit cards, license plates, shopping habits, and more. Everyday Surveillance is a provocative exploration of the myriad ways we are watched each day, and how this surveillance shapes our lives.

Thoroughly revised, the second edition considers new topics, such as the rise of social media, and updates research throughout. Everyday Surveillance introduces students to concepts of social control and incites classroom discussion about how surveillance impacts the ways we understand people and our lives at home, work, school, or in the community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742541092
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2013
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 251
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William G. Staples is professor of sociology and founding director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center at the University of Kansas. He is author or editor of several books, including the Encyclopedia of Privacy and Castles of Our Consciousness, both CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles, and Power, Profits, and Patriarchy, winner of an American Sociological Association Section Book Award.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
1. Everyday Surveillance
2. The Scaffold, the Penitentiary, And Beyond
3. The Gaze and Its Compulsions
4. Bodily Intrusions
5. WIRED.I.AM: The Digital Life 2.0
6. The Anatomy of Visibility
Selected References
About the Author

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