Everyday Surveillance

TitleEveryday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorStaples, William G.
Number of Pages254
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
CityLanham, Maryland; Plymouth, UK
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number074254110X
Keywordsconsent, social control, surveillance, technology
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When we think of surveillance in our society, we usually imagine “Big Brother” scenarios with the government tracking our every move. The actual surveillance of our everyday lives is much more subtle, however, and may be more insidious. William G. Staples shows how our lives are tracked by both public and private organizations—sometimes with our consent, and sometimes without—through our internet use, cell phones, public video cameras, credit cards, license plates, shopping habits, and more. Everyday Surveillance is a provocative exploration of the myriad ways we are watched each day, and how this surveillance shapes our lives.