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1st Edition

A Key Idea for Business and Society

ISBN 9780815385646
Published May 7, 2021 by Routledge
190 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Being watched and watching others is a universal feature of all human societies. How does the phenomenon of surveillance affect, interact with, and change the world of business? This concise book unveils a key idea in the history and future of management.

For centuries managers have claimed the right to monitor employees, but in the digital era, this management activity has become enhanced beyond recognition. Drawing on extensive research into organizational surveillance, the author distils and analyses existing thinking on the concept with his own empirical work.

Drawing together perspectives from philosophy, cutting-edge social theory, and empirical research on workplace surveillance, Surveillance is the definitive introduction to an intriguing topic that will interest readers across the social sciences and beyond.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 - Surveillance at Work

CHAPTER 2 - We’ve Always Been Working Away at Surveillance

CHAPTER 3 - The Prison and the Factory

CHAPTER 4 - Someone to Watch Over Me

CHAPTER 5 - The Surveillant Assemblage at Work

CHAPTER 6 - The Gaze at Work

CHAPTER 7 - Heterotopias of Surveillance at Work

CHAPTER 8 - Modern Surveillance is Rubbish

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Graham Sewell is Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Graham Sewell’s brilliant book offers a ground-breaking analysis of forms of surveillance and their acute effects in modern societies. A wide-ranging, ambitious and powerful piece of sociological inquiry, there is no better source for understanding the ubiquitous nature of surveillance in social and organizational settings. Required reading for scholars and students alike.

John Hassard, University of Manchester