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
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