The surveillance-industrial complex: A political economy of surveillance

Kirstie Ball, Laureen Snider

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    Today's 'surveillance society' emerged from a complex of military and corporate priorities that were nourished through the active and 'cold' wars that marked the twentieth century. Two massive configurations of power - state and corporate - have become the dominant players. Mass targeted surveillance deep within corporate, governmental and social structures is now both normal and legitimate. The Surveillance-Industrial Complex examines the intersections of capital and the neo-liberal state in promoting the emergence and growth of the surveillance society. The chapters in this volume, written by internationally-known surveillance scholars from a number of disciplines, trace the connections between the massive multinational conglomerates that manufacture, distribute and promote technologies of 'surveillance', and the institutions of social control and civil society. In three parts, this collection investigates: • how the surveillance-industrial complex spans international boundaries through the workings of global capital and its interaction with agencies of the state • surveillance as an organizational control process, perpetuating the interests and voices of certain actors and weakening or silencing others • how local political economies shape the deployment and distribution of the massive interactions of global capital/military that comprise surveillance systems today. This volume will be useful for students and scholars of sociology, management, business, criminology, geography and international studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages218
    ISBN (Print)9780203094426
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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