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The Culture of Surveillance

Paperback / softback By David Lyon
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From 9/11 to the Snowden leaks, stories about surveillance increasingly dominate the headlines. But surveillance is not only 'done to us' – it is something we do in everyday life. We submit to surveillance, believing we have nothing to hide. Or we try to protect our privacy or negotiate the terms under which others have access to our data. At the same time, we participate in surveillance in order to supervise children, monitor other road users, and safeguard our property. Social media allow us to keep tabs on others, as well as on ourselves. This is the culture of surveillance. This important book explores the imaginaries and practices of everyday surveillance. Its main focus is not high-tech, organized surveillance operations but our varied, mundane experiences of surveillance that range from the casual and careless to the focused and intentional. It insists that it is time to stop using Orwellian metaphors and find ones suited to twenty-first-century surveillance — from 'The Circle' or 'Black Mirror.

' Surveillance culture, David Lyon argues, is not detached from the surveillance state, society and economy. It is informed by them. He reveals how the culture of surveillance may help to domesticate and naturalize surveillance of unwelcome kinds, and considers which kinds of surveillance might be fostered for the common good and human flourishing.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 172 pages Language: English
Dimension: 137 x 20 x 216mm ISBN10: 074567173X
Weight: 313g ISBN13: 9780745671734
Publication Date: 30 Mar 2018 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

David Lyon is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University, Canada.

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"This book manages to be comprehensive and authoritative in approach, whilst providing a very convincing and accessible account of key shifts in technology and society that underpins the concept of surveillance culture. This makes it both an original and high-quality contribution to the field."Lina Dencik, Cardiff University, UK"The Culture of Surveillance provides a nuanced account of contemporary surveillance practices."Daniel Trottier, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands "David Lyon has long been a powerful witness to the corrosive consequences of contemporary surveillance. This latest work warns how digital modernity’s surveillance regimes insinuate themselves into our lives and shape the most intimate qualities of experience. Lyon explores the threat of normalization, calling for resilience and agency against such surveillance and suggesting alternatives. Once again, we are in his debt." Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School"Compelling… The Culture of Surveillance offers an unprecedented insight into how complex and consequential the monitoring of human action has truly become.”Ed Bryan, Social & Cultural Geography'Written in an accessible style, The Culture of Surveillance offers a neat and concise overview of a vast array of surveillance literature, distilled into an analysis of the emergent surveillance culture in surveillance capitalism.

'Amanda Glasbeek, York University"In The Culture of Surveillance, David Lyon has provided a potential roadmap for the future of surveillance scholarship, and as such, the book may prove to be his most important and influential yet." Benjamin J. Goold, Surveillance & Society

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