The Normality of Living in Surveillance Societies

  • David Murakami Wood
  • C. William R. WebsterEmail author
Part of the Information Technology and Law Series book series (ITLS, volume 20)


It is increasingly argued that contemporary capitalist nations have become ‘surveillance societies’ in which surveillance related activities are embedded as the core mode of organization, production and societal order (Lyon 1994, 2001, 2007). But what does it mean to live in a surveillance society and what economic, political and social relations are produced? These are the key questions addressed in this chapter.


Public Service CCTV Camera Surveillance Technology Surveillance Practice Global Surveillance 
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Closed Circuit Television


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyQueens UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.University of StirlingStirlingUK

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