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"From a 'citizen consisting of body, soul, and passport' to a
'citizen consisting of body, soul and a credit card leads the
wondrous transformation of men and women of our times, as well as
of those who control, survey, monitor and supervise every episode
of their life itinerary - both scrupulously recorded and vividly
portrayed in David Lyon's new book. Knowing from Foucault that
modernity was above all and from the start about surveillance, what
can (and ought) be added to that knowledge by the experience of
computerised and information-saturated society, prominent for the
willing Cupertino of the surveilled with the surveillors? This
seminal question Lyon asks; he also answers it comprehensively and
in an utterly authoritative fashion."
"Lyon writes in a lively fashion and there are some excellent
illustrations of his thesis. His arguments draw on a wide variety
of literature and there is a refreshing attempt to combine
empirical analysis with critical social theory. It is also a timely
--The Sociological Review
"It is a user-friendly textbook ... easily-digestible ... and
judiciously balanced in it's argument."
"Wide-ranging sociological review ... the book is lucidly
written ... and demands a response from the reader: definitely
--Environment and Planning
Part I: Situating Surveillance:.
1. Introduction: Body, Soul and Credit Card.
2. Surveillance in Modern Society.
3. New Surveillance Technologies.
4. From Big Brother to the Electronic Panopticon.
Part II: Surveillance Trends:.
5. The Surveillance State: Keeping Tabs on You.
6. The Surveillance State: From Tabs to Tags.
7. The Transparent Worker.
8. The Targetted Consumer.
Part III: Counter-Surveillance:.
9. Challenging Surveillance.
10. Privacy, Power, Persons.
11. Against Dystopia, Distance, Division.
12. Beyond Postmodern Paranoia.