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Surveillance Studies An Overview

ISBN-10: 074563592X
ISBN-13: 9780745635927
Edition: 2007
Authors: David Lyon
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 7/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

The study of surveillance is more relevant than ever before. The fast growth of the field of Surveillance Studies reflects both the urgency of civil liberties and privacy questions in the lsquo;war on terrorrsquo; era and the classical social science debates over the power of watching and classification, from Bentham to Foucault and beyond. In this overview, David Lyon, one of the pioneers of Surveillance Studies, fuses with aplomb classical debates and contemporary examples to provide the most accessible and up to date introduction to surveillance available. The book takes in Surveillance Studies in all its breadth, from local face-to-face oversight through technical developments in CCTV, RFID and biometrics to global trends that integrate surveillance systems internationally. Surveillance is understood in its ambiguity, from lsquo;caringrsquo; to lsquo;controllingrsquo; and the role of lsquo;visibilityrsquo; of the surveilled is taken as seriously as the powers of observing, classifying and judging. The book draws on international examples and on the insights of several disciplines; sociologists, political scientists and geographers will recognize key issues from their work here, but so will people from media, culture, organization, technology and policy studies. This illustrates the diverse strands of thought and critique available, while at the same time the book makes its own distinct contribution and offers tools for evaluating both surveillance trends and the theories that explain them. This book is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to understand surveillance as a phenomenon and the tools for analysing it further, and will be essential reading for students and scholars alike.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Viewpoints
The Watched World Today
Spreading Surveillance Sites
Explaining Surveillance
Vision
Information, Identification, Inventory
Security, Suspicion, Social Sorting
Bodies, Borders, Biometrics
Visibility
Surveillance, Visibility and Popular Culture
Struggles over Surveillance
Data, Discrimination, Dignity
Glossary
Notes
Further Reading
Bibliography
Index

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