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The Surveillance Web

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Mike McCahillUniversity of Hull

ISBN13: 9781903240809
ISBN: 1903240808
Published: July 2004
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00

The rise of CCTV and surveillance technologies has been one of the key developments in contemporary society, but its impact has often been analysed in a fragmented manner. This book addresses this issue by providing a detailed, micro-sociological account of the construction of a CCTV network in one English city. It differs from previous studies (which have concentrated on open street CCTV systems) in documenting and analysing the use of visual surveillance systems in a number of different locations and institutional settings, including the industrial workplace, shopping malls, high-rise housing schemes, and hospitals. It is concerned not just with abstract categories of ""grand theory"" but seeks to explain how people living in contemporary society experience these changes.;""The Surveillance Web"" situates the growth of visual surveillance systems in the context of many of the key concerns of theorists of modernity, and makes a key contribution to understanding the nature of the relationship between surveillance and society. Its starting point is to view the relationship between surveillance and society as a two way process: the book looks at both the social impact of visual surveillance systems, and at how the impact these technologies is shaped by existing social relations, political practice and cultural traditions.

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Introduction Part 1 Theory and method 1 Towards a contemporary theory of surveillance Part 2 The rise of visual surveillance in a northern city 2 The story of Northern City 3 The surveillance web Part 3 Three case studies of visual surveillance systems 4 The panopticon mall 5 Watching the workers 6 Watching the tenants Part 4 Back to theory 7 Back to theory Bibliography Index