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Beschreibung

In this book David Lyon analyses the various contexts of surveillance activity and offers a balanced account of the influence electronic information systems have on the social order today.

David Lyon is Professor and Head of Department of Sociology at Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of several books including The Information Society (Polity, 1988).

Autorentext
David Lyon is Professor and Head of Department of Sociology at Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of several books including The Information Society (Polity, 1988).

Klappentext
The increasing influence of computers in modern societies has been seen by some as offering great promise for the future, but by others as menacing in the extreme. In this work David Lyon investigates the validity of these two opposing points of view.

Whether making a phone call, claiming benefits, entering the workplace or using a credit card, more and more daily activities are recorded and traced using what are here called surveillance systems.

Computerization vastly expands the surveillance capacity of all forms of organization, including the state, but also extending to the consumer marketplace. By analysing these various contexts of surveillance activity, Lyon is able to offer a judicious interpretation of the influence electronic information systems have upon the social order today. The result is an interpretation of modern social, political and economic institutions which goes far beyond merely assessing the role of information technology.

Lyon provides an overview of such surveillance as a major phenomenon of contemporary societies. But neither the optimistic nor the pessimistic view of the role of information technology is accurate. The reality is much more complex and subtle. In unravelling these complexities Lyon makes a genuine contribution to the understanding of modern institutions in an era of globalizing electronic communication.



Inhalt
Preface and Acknowledgements.

Part I: Situating Surveillance:.

1. Introduction: Body, Soul and Credit Card.

2. Surveillance in Modern Society.

3. New Surveillance Technologies.

4. From Big Brother to the Electronic Panopticon.

Part II: Surveillance Trends:.

5. The Surveillance State: Keeping Tabs on You.

6. The Surveillance State: From Tabs to Tags.

7. The Transparent Worker.

8. The Targetted Consumer.

Part III: Counter-Surveillance:.

9. Challenging Surveillance.

10. Privacy, Power, Persons.

11. Against Dystopia, Distance, Division.

12. Beyond Postmodern Paranoia.

Bibliography.

Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Electronic Eye
Untertitel: The Rise of Surveillance Society - Computers and Social Control in Context
Autor:
EAN: 9780745677675
ISBN: 978-0-7456-7767-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Polity
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 280
Veröffentlichung: 10.06.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 23.6 MB