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Power, Problems, and Politics

Surveillance is commonly rationalized as a practice to address existing political or social problems such as crime, fraud, and terrorism. This book also explores how surveillance, disguised as managing risk or reducing harm, can cause a range of problems, including poverty, over-policing, and exclusion.

This volume presents essays by Canadian scholars who interrogate the moral and ideological bases and material effects of surveillance practices and systems in diverse cultural and institutional arenas: policing, consumerism, welfare administration, disaster management, popular culture, moral regulation, news media, social movements, and anti-terrorism campaigns.

The contributors address and ask us to consider the question: How can we ensure a future in which surveillance and its consequences are not accepted as normal, or necessary, features of modern life? This book is a valuable resource for students and practitioners of sociology, criminology, anthropology, history, political science, and communications and culture.

About the Authors

Sean P. Hier is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Victoria. Josh Greenberg is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University.
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