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Routledge Studies in Surveillance

About the Series

Surveillance is one of the fundamental sociotechnical processes underpinning the administration, governance and management of the modern world. It shapes how the world is experienced and enacted. The much-hyped growth in computing power and data analytics in public and private life, successive scandals concerning privacy breaches, national security and human rights have vastly increased its popularity as a research topic. The centrality of personal data collection to notions of equality, political participation and the emergence of surveillant authoritarian and post-authoritarian capitalisms, among other things, ensure that its popularity will endure within the scholarly community.

A collection of books focusing on surveillance studies, this series aims to help to overcome some of the disciplinary boundaries that surveillance scholars face by providing an informative and diverse range of books, with a variety of outputs that represent the breadth of discussions currently taking place.

Kirstie Ball is Professor in Management at University of St Andrews, UK.

William Webster is Professor of Public Policy and Management at the University of Stirling, UK.

Charles Raab is a Professorial Fellow within the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Pete Fussey is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Essex, UK.

The series editors are directors of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP). CRISP is an interdisciplinary research centre whose work focuses on the political, legal, economic and social dimensions of the surveillance society.

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Living with Digital Surveillance in China Citizens’ Narratives on Technology, Privacy, and Governance

Living with Digital Surveillance in China: Citizens’ Narratives on Technology, Privacy, and Governance

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By Ariane Ollier-Malaterre
October 06, 2023

Digital surveillance is a daily and all-encompassing reality of life in China. This book explores how Chinese citizens make sense of digital surveillance and live with it. It investigates their imaginaries about surveillance and privacy from within the Chinese socio-political system. Based on ...

Gender, Surveillance, and Literature in the Romantic Period 1780–1830

Gender, Surveillance, and Literature in the Romantic Period: 1780–1830

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By Lucy E. Thompson
May 31, 2023

Romantic-era literature offers a key message: surveillance, in all its forms, was experienced distinctly and differently by women than men. Gender, Surveillance, and Literature in the Romantic Period examines how familiar and neglected texts internalise and interrogate the ways in which targeted, ...

Surveillance Practices and Mental Health The Impact of CCTV Inside Mental Health Wards

Surveillance Practices and Mental Health: The Impact of CCTV Inside Mental Health Wards

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By Suki Desai
May 31, 2023

This book examines how CCTV cameras expose the patient body inside the mental health ward, especially the relationship between staff and patients as surveillance subjects. A key aspect of the book is that existing surveillance literature and mental health literature have largely ignored the ...

Trust and Transparency in an Age of Surveillance

Trust and Transparency in an Age of Surveillance

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Edited By Lora Anne Viola, Paweł Laidler
May 31, 2023

Investigating the theoretical and empirical relationships between transparency and trust in the context of surveillance, this volume argues that neither transparency nor trust provides a simple and self-evident path for mitigating the negative political and social consequences of state surveillance...

Police on Camera Surveillance, Privacy, and Accountability

Police on Camera: Surveillance, Privacy, and Accountability

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Edited By Bryce Clayton Newell
April 29, 2022

Police body-worn cameras (BWCs) are at the cutting edge of policing. They have sparked important conversations about the proper role and extent of police in society and about balancing security, oversight, accountability, privacy, and surveillance in our modern world. Police on Camera address the ...

Media, Surveillance and Affect Narrating Feeling-States

Media, Surveillance and Affect: Narrating Feeling-States

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By Nicole Falkenhayner
December 11, 2018

Surveillance has become a part of everyday life: we are surrounded by surveillance technologies in news media, when we go down the street, in the movies, and even carry them in our own pockets in the form of smartphones. How are we constructing imaginaries of our realities and of ourselves as ...

Surveillance and Democracy in Europe

Surveillance and Democracy in Europe

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Edited By Kirstie Ball, William Webster
August 08, 2018

Many contemporary surveillance practices take place in information infrastructures which are from the public domain. Although they have far reaching consequences for both citizens and their rights, they are not always subject to regulatory demands and oversight. This being said, democratic ...

Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space

Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space

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Edited By Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan, Bert-Jaap Koops
July 04, 2018

Today, public space has become a fruitful venue for surveillance of many kinds. Emerging surveillance technologies used by governments, corporations, and even individual members of the public are reshaping the very nature of physical public space. Especially in urban environments, the ability of ...

Big Data, Surveillance and Crisis Management

Big Data, Surveillance and Crisis Management

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Edited By Kees Boersma, Chiara Fonio
August 31, 2017

Big data, surveillance, crisis management. Three largely different and richly researched fields, however, the interplay amongst these three domains is rarely addressed. Through unique international case studies this book examines the links between these three fields. Considering crisis ...

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