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Surveillance and Crime by Roy Coleman, Mike McCahill
  

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Surveillance and Crime by Roy Coleman, Mike McCahill

Surveillance has a long-standing relationship with crime and its identification, prevention, detection and punishment. With information on each citizen spanning up to 700 databases, and over 4 million CCTV cameras in the United Kingdom alone, this book explores how new technologies have given rise to new forms of monitoring and control. Offering a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between surveillance, crime and criminal justice, this book explores: the development of surveillance technologies within a broad historical contexthow new surveillance technologies are shaped by existing social relations, political practices, cultural traditions and organizational contextsthe implications of the use of surveillance in responding to crime (including biometrics, DNA samples and electronic monitoring)how 'new' surveillance technologies reinforce 'old' social divisions - particularly along the lines of class, race, gender and age. The book draws upon theoretical debates from a range of disciplines to shed light on this topical subject. Engaging and authoritative, this is an important read for advanced students and academics in criminology, criminal justice, social policy and sociology. The Key Approaches to Criminology series celebrates the removal of traditional barriers between disciplines and, specifically, reflects criminology's interdisciplinary nature and focus. It brings together some of the leading scholars working at the intersections of criminology and related subjects. Each book in the series helps readers to make intellectual connections between criminology and other discourses, and to understand the importance of studying crime and criminal justice within the context of broader debates. The series is intended to have appeal across the entire range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and beyond, comprising books which offer introductions to the fields as well as advancing ideas and knowledge in their subject areas.

Reviews

'This is a book about surveillance - a theoretical and empirical analysis of its historical emergence through to its contemporary uses and abuses - but it is much, much more than that. The authors skilfully lead us, via the idea and practices of surveillance, to core issues of 'crime', power and the state. Whether you have read every or no book about surveillance, you must read this one.'
Steve TombsProfessor of Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University



'This is an excellent book, well-argued, well-referenced and important. The authors'
analysis of how

'crime'
and surveillance intersect with relations of power is superb. A significant and original contribution to both surveillance and corporate crime literatures

'Laureen SniderProfessor of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada'


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Book Info

Publication date

15th October 2010

Author

Roy Coleman, Mike McCahill

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Ltd

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Crime & criminology

ISBN

9781847873538

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