Organization, surveillance and the body: Towards a politics of resistance

Ball, Kirstie (2006). Organization, surveillance and the body: Towards a politics of resistance. In: Lyon, David ed. Theorising Surveillance: The Panopticon and beyond. Collumpton, UK: Willan Publishing.



About the book: This book is about explaining surveillance processes and practices in contemporary society. Surveillance studies is a relatively new multi-disciplinary enterprise that aims to understand who watches who, how the watched participate in and sometimes question their surveillance, why surveillance occurs, and with what effects. This book brings together some of the world's leading surveillance scholars to discuss the "why" question. The field has been dominated, since the groundbreaking work of Michel Foucault, by the idea of the panopticon and this book explores why this metaphor has been central to discussions of surveillance, what is fruitful in the panoptic approach, and what other possible approaches can throw better light on the phenomena in question.

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