The maximum surveillance society

The maximum surveillance society

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The use of Closed-Circuit Television, or CCTV, has dramatically increased over the past decade, but its presence is often so subtle as to go unnoticed. Should we unthinkingly accept that increased surveillance is in the public's best interests, or does this mean that 'Big Brother' is finally watching us? This book asks provocative questions about the rise of the maximum surveillance society. Is crime control the principal motivation behind increased surveillance or are the reasons more complex? Does surveillance violate peoples' right of privacy? Who gets surveilled and why? What are its implications for social control? Does surveillance actually reduce crime? What will developments in technology mean for the future of surveillance? What rights do individuals under surveillance have? How is the information gathered through CCTV used by the authorities? Based on extensive fieldwork on automated surveillance in Britain over a two-year period, this book not only attempts to answer these vexing questions, but also provides a wealth of detailed information about the reasoning behind and effects of social control.suspects, of escaped prisoners and of criminals caught in the act by security cameras. ... a#39;Crimestoppersa#39; is run by a registered charity, the Community Action Trust whose aim is the a#39;advancement, promotion and preservation of public law and ordera#39;. ... selfish road usersa#39; (Guardian, the Guide: 96) was little more than an assemblage of video footage of police car chases, dangerous driving and accidents, anbsp;...

Title:The maximum surveillance society
Author:Clive Norris, Gary Armstrong, Gary Armstrong (lecturer.)
Publisher:Berg Publishers - 1999


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