In what ways does contemporary surveillance reinforce social
divisions?How are police and consumer surveillance becoming more
similar as they are automated?Are we forced to choose between
classical and poststructuralist approaches in explaining
surveillance?Why is surveillance both expanding globally and
focusing more on the human body?"Surveillance Society "takes a
post-privacy approach to surveillance with a fresh look at the
relations between technology and society. Personal data is
collected from us all the time, whether we know it or not, through
identity numbers, camera images, or increasingly by other means
such as fingerprint and retinal scans. This book examines the
constant computer-based scrutiny of ordinary daily life for
citizens and consumers as they participate in contemporary
societies. It argues that to understand what is happening we have
to go beyond Orwellian alarms and cries for more privacy to see how
such surveillance also reinforces divisions by sorting people into
social categories. The issues spill over narrow policy and legal
boundaries to generate responses at several levels including local
consumer groups, internet activism, and international social
movements. In this fascinating study, sociologies of new technology
and social theories of surveillance are illustrated with examples
from North America, Europe, and Pacific Asia.
David Lyon provides an invaluable text for undergraduate and
postgraduate sociology courses both in social theory and in
science, technology and society. It will also appeal much more
widely, for example to those with an interest in politics, social
control, human geography and public administration.
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