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Theorizing Surveillance

Edited by David Lyon

Willan – 2006 – 360 pages

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First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews

Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon was a revolutionary prison designed for its inmates to be observed by a central (but himself unseen) observer—a post for which the eminent philosopher, who hoped to reform as well as incarcerate prisoners, volunteered his own services—and the panopticon remains the central image of the expanding and indeed exploding subject of surveillance studies. Closed circuit television coverage makes us all subject to the gaze of the unseen observer, and the computers and mobile telephones at our disposal create further possibilities for surveillance.Should those possibilities be ignored, resisted, or analyzed and assessed in terms of their full implications? First, they to be made evident;and that is what this volume helps to do. David Lyon, a Canadian academic who has written widely on the implications of the development of the ‘surveillance society’, points to a conundrum:‘the more stringent and rigorous the panoptic regime, the more it generates active resistance, whereas the more soft and subtle the panoptic strategies, the more it produces the desired docile bodies.’This book considers a range of panoptic and post-panoptic devices, ranging from the maximum security prison to the self-imposed surveillance of ‘continuing professional development’ in the medical profession, in order to explore the implications of the surveillance society in greater depth.The result of an academic conference in Canada, it brings together an extraordinary range of ideas and is an absorbing if not an easy read. Peter Villiers

Contents

Contents Introduction 1 Pre- and Post-Panopticism: The Search for Surveillance Theories, David Lyon (Queen's Research Chair, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada; Director, The Surveillance Project) The Imperative Search for Good Surveillance Theory 2 Tear Down the Walls: On Demolishing the Panopticon, Kevin D. Haggerty (Director, Criminology Program, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada) 3 Security, Exception, Ban and Surveillance, Didier Bigo (Institut d'Etudes Politique, France) 4 Looking into the Future: Surveillance, Globalization and Totalitarian Potential, Maria Los (Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa, Canada) Surveillance as Social Sorting 5 The Bifurcation of Surveillance: Theorizing the British Criminal Justice System, Clive Norris (Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, UK) 6 Telemonitoring for Cardiac Patients: User-Centred Research as Input for Surveillance Theories, Lynsey Dubbeld (Faculty of Business, Public Administration & Technology, Centre for Studies of Science, Technology and Society, University of Twente, the Netherlands) 7 Supplementing the Panoptic Paradigm: Surveillance, Moral Governance, and CCTV, Sean P. Hier (Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, Canada), Kevin Walby (Department of Sociology, Carleton University, Canada), Josh Greenberg (School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Carleton University, Canada) Time, Space and Surveillance Theory 8 Surveillance Assemblages and Lines of Flight, William Bogard (Department of Sociology, Whitman College, USA) 9 Tense Theory: The Temporalities of Surveillance, Gary Genosko and Scott Thompson (Department of Sociology, Lakehead University, Canada) Theorizing Military and Security Surveillance 10 Surveillance, Urbanization, and the U.S. 'Revolution in Military Affairs', Stephen Graham (Department of Geography, Durham University, UK) 11 Pre-empting Panoptic Surveillance: Surviving the Inevitable War on Terror, Greg Elmer (Ryerson University, Bell Globemedia Research Chair, Rogers Communications Centre/School of Radio-TV Arts, Canada), Andy Opel (Department of Communication, Florida State University, USA) Power and Agency 12 'The Other Side of Surveillance': Webcams, Power and Agency, Hille Koskela (Department of Geography, Helsinki University, Finland) 13 Organization, Surveillance and the Body: Towards a Politics of Resistance, Kirstie Ball (Human Resources, Open University, UK) 14 The Role of Confession in Reflective Practice: Monitored Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Health Care and the Paradox of Professional Autonomy, Mark Cole (University of Greenwich, UK) Theory and Resistance 15 Electronic Government and Surveillance Oriented Society, Toshimaru Ogura (Department of Economics, Toyama University, Japan) 16 Quixotics Unite! Engaging the Pragmatists on Rational Discrimination, Oscar H. Gandy, Jr. (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA) Index

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Description: Edited by David Lyon. First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Crime Control, Theories of Crime