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The Globalization of Surveillance / Edition 1

The Globalization of Surveillance / Edition 1

by Armand Mattelart


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Video surveillance, public records, fingerprints, hidden microphones, radio frequency chips: in contemporary societies the use of intrusive techniques of surveillance in daily life has increased dramatically. The 'war against terror' has only exacerbated this trend, creating a world that is closer than one might imagine to the one envisaged by George Orwell in 1984.

How did we reach this point? Why have democratic societies allowed their rights and freedoms to be taken away, little by little, through increasingly sophisticated surveillance mechanisms?

From the anthropometry of the nineteenth century to the Patriot Act, via an analysis of military theory and the Echelon project, Armand Mattelart constructs a genealogy of this new power of control and examines its globalizing dynamic.

This book provides an essential wake-up call at a time when democratic societies are becoming less and less vigilant against the dangers of proliferating systems of surveillance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745645100
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Armand Mattelart is Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris VIII.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Disciplining/Managing 5

1 Surveillance: Delinquency as a Political Observatory 7

2 Punishing: The Apprehended Multitude 21

3 Managing Mass Society: The Lessons of Total War 32

Part II Hegemonizing/Pacifying 47

4 The Cold War and the Religion of National Security 49

5 'Civic Action' or the Reappropriation of the National Security Doctrine 65

6 Counterinsurgency, the Crossroads of Expeditionary Forces 79

7 The Internationalization of Torture 98

Part III Securitizing/Insecuritizing 115

8 The New Domestic Order 117

9 War without End: The Techno-security Paradigm 137

10 The European Police Area 162

11 The Traceability of Bodies and Goods 183

Epilogue 197

Notes 203

General Bibliography by Topic 221

Index 233

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