The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility

Edited by Richard V. Ericson and Kevin D. Haggerty

© 2005

Since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, surveillance has been put forward as the essential tool for the ‘war on terror,’ with new technologies and policies offering police and military operatives enhanced opportunities for monitoring suspect populations. The last few years have also seen the public’s consumer tastes become increasingly codified, with ‘data mines’ of demographic information such as postal codes and purchasing records. Additionally, surveillance has become a form of entertainment, with ‘reality’ shows becoming the dominant genre on network and cable television.

In The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility, editors Kevin D. Haggerty and Richard V. Ericson bring together leading experts to analyse how society is organized through surveillance systems, technologies, and practices. They demonstrate how the new political uses of surveillance make visible that which was previously unknown, blur the boundaries between public and private, rewrite the norms of privacy, create new forms of inclusion and exclusion, and alter processes of democratic accountability. This collection challenges conventional wisdom and advances new theoretical approaches through a series of studies of surveillance in policing, the military, commercial enterprises, mass media, and health sciences.

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  • Series: Green College Thematic Lecture Series
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  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
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This collection challenges conventional wisdom and advances new theoretical approaches through a series of studies of surveillance in policing, the military, commercial enterprises, mass media, and health sciences.

The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility

Edited by Richard V. Ericson and Kevin D. Haggerty

© 2005

Since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, surveillance has been put forward as the essential tool for the ‘war on terror,’ with new technologies and policies offering police and military operatives enhanced opportunities for monitoring suspect populations. The last few years have also seen the public’s consumer tastes become increasingly codified, with ‘data mines’ of demographic information such as postal codes and purchasing records. Additionally, surveillance has become a form of entertainment, with ‘reality’ shows becoming the dominant genre on network and cable television.

In The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility, editors Kevin D. Haggerty and Richard V. Ericson bring together leading experts to analyse how society is organized through surveillance systems, technologies, and practices. They demonstrate how the new political uses of surveillance make visible that which was previously unknown, blur the boundaries between public and private, rewrite the norms of privacy, create new forms of inclusion and exclusion, and alter processes of democratic accountability. This collection challenges conventional wisdom and advances new theoretical approaches through a series of studies of surveillance in policing, the military, commercial enterprises, mass media, and health sciences.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Green College Thematic Lecture Series
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Kevin D. Haggerty is a member of Green College and a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of British Columbia.



    The late Richard V. Ericson was Principal of Green College, University of British Columbia, a centre for interdisciplinary scholarship and graduate education.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    1. The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility
      KEVIN D. HAGGERTY and RICHARD V. ERICSON

    PART ONE: THEORIZING SURVEILLANCE AND VISIBILITY

    1. 9/11, Synopticon, and Scopophilia: Watching and Being Watched
      DAVID LYON
    2. Welcome to the Society of Control: The Simulation of Surveillance Revisited
      WILLIAM BOGARD
    3. Varieties of Personal Information as Influences on Attitudes towards Surveillance
      GARY T. MARX
    4. Struggling with Surveillance: Resistance, Consciousness, and Identity
      JOHN GILLIOM

    PART TWO: POLICE AND MILITARY SURVEILLANCE

    1. A Faustian Bargain? America and the Dream of Total Information Awareness
    2. Surveillance Fiction or Higher Policing?
      JEAN-PAUL BRODEUR and STÉPHANE LEMAN-LANGLOIS
    3. An Alternative Current in Surveillance and Control: Broadcasting Surveillance Footage of Crimes
      AARON DOYLE
    4. Surveillance and Military Transformation: Organizational Trends in Twenty-First-Century Armed Services
      CHRISTOPHER DANDEKER
    5. Visible War: Surveillance, Speed, and Information War
      KEVIN D. HAGGERTY

    PART THREE: SURVEILLANCE, ELECTRONIC MEDIA, AND CONSUMER CULTURE

    1. Cracking the Consumer Code: Advertisers, Anxiety, and Surveillance in the Digital Age
      JOSEPH TUROW
    2. (En)Visioning the Television Audience: Revisiting Questions of Power in the Age of Interactive Television
      SERRA TINIC
    3. Cultures of Mania: Towards an Anthropology of Mood
      EMILY MARTIN
    4. Surveillant Internet Technologies and the Growth in Information Capitalism: Spams and Public Trust in the Information Society
      DAVID S. WALL
    5. Data Mining, Surveillance, and Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Environment
      OSCAR GANDY JR

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