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 UK alone, many have put forward the notion that we live in a ‘surveillance society’. Offering a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between surveillance, crime, and criminal justice, this book critically explores the development and uses of surveillance technologies, the intensification of monitoring and control, and the uneven impact this is having upon different populations in modern society.  

Understanding Surveillance

Understanding surveillance


Chapter 2 provides:

  • An overview of the main theoretical perspectives on surveillance and their differing conceptual orientations
  • An insight into how power is understood in relation to surveillance practice
  • An exploration of the relationship between surveillance technologies and their normative drivers
  • The similarities and differences between panoptic and synoptic surveillance

Key Terms

  • Differential surveillance
  • Panopticon
  • Power
  • Risk/normative technologies
  • Social order
  • Surveillance
  • Synopticon
  • Visibility/invisibility

Issues in Surveillance

Surveillance practices target and ...

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