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Surveillance: A Key Idea for Business and Society - An Interview with Graham Sewell

Author Interview: Surveillance

Posted on: May 12, 2021

How does surveillance affect, interact with, and change the world of business?


Surveillance: A Key Idea for Business and Society draws together perspectives from philosophy, cutting-edge social theory, and empirical research on workplace surveillance to attempt to answer this question. Surveillance is the definitive introduction to an intriguing topic that will interest readers across the social sciences and beyond.

The author of this new Routledge book, Graham Sewell, was kind enough to spend some time answering some of the most pressing questions about the phenomenon of Surveillance, and how it is changing our working lives in the digital era.



1. What prompted you to write the book?




2. Your book focuses on surveillance within the workplace, how has the ‘monitoring’ of employees changed in recent years?




3. Should we be concerned about surveillance, or relieved that it exists?




4. How does surveillance change the world of business and what does the future hold?




5. I am intrigued by your final chapter titled ‘Modern Surveillance is Rubbish'. Can you elaborate?



Surveillance: A Key Idea for Business and Society is available now in Paperback, Hardback, and eBook formats.