1st Edition

Video Surveillance and Social Control in a Comparative Perspective

Edited By Fredrika Björklund, Ola Svenonius Copyright 2013
    232 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection reports the results of a comparative study of video surveillance/CCTV in Germany, Poland, and Sweden. It investigates how video surveillance as technologically mediated social control is affected by national characteristics, with a specific concern for recent political history. The book is motivated by asking what makes video surveillance "tick" in three very different cultural settings, two of which (Poland and Sweden) are virtually unexplored in the literature on surveillance. The selection of countries is motivated by an interest in societies with recent experiences of authoritarianism, and how they respond to the global trend towards intensified technical means of control. With thorough empirical studies, the book constitutes an important contribution to security studies, surveillance studies, and post-communist area studies.

    1. Video Surveillance in a Comparative Perspective: Introduction  Fredrika Björklund and Ola Svenonius  Section I: Comparative Studies  2. Modernisation, Balancing Interests and Citizens’ Rights: Public Video Surveillance in Poland, Germany and Sweden  Fredrika Björklund  3. Video Surveillance in a Historical Perspective  Ola Svenonius  4. The Protection of Privacy in the Context of Video Surveillance: Towards a European Model?  Patricia Jonason  Section II: Case Studies  5. Video Surveillance and the Question of Trust  Wojciech Szrubka  6. How Effective is the Public Video Surveillance System in Warsaw?  Paweł Waszkiewicz  7. From Privacy Protection Towards Affirmative Regulation: The Politics of Police Surveillance in Germany  Eric Töpfer  8. Pressure of the Practice: Swedish Public Surveillance in an Institutional Perspective  Elfar Loftsson


    Fredrika Björklund is Associate Professor in Political Science at Södertörn University.

    Ola Svenonius is a Political Science lecturer at Södertörn University and a PhD candidate at the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS) and Stockholm University.