1st Edition

Surveillance A Key Idea for Business and Society

By Graham Sewell Copyright 2021
    190 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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