Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology

Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology Author Gary T. Marx
ISBN-10 022628591X
ISBN-13 9780226285917
Year 2016-05-31
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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We live in an age saturated with surveillance Our personal and public lives are increasingly on display for governments merchants employers hackers and the merely curious to see In Windows into the Soul Gary T Marx a central figure in the rapidly expanding field of surveillance studies argues that surveillance itself is neither good nor bad but that context and comportment make it so In this landmark book Marx sums up a lifetime of work on issues of surveillance and social control by disentangling and parsing the empirical richness of watching and being watched Using fictional narratives as well as the findings of social science Marx draws on decades of studies of covert policing computer profiling location and work monitoring drug testing caller identification and much more Marx gives us a conceptual language to understand the new realities and his work clearly emphasizes the paradoxes trade offs and confusion enveloping the field Windows into the Soul shows how surveillance can penetrate our social and personal lives in profound and sometimes harrowing ways Ultimately Marx argues recognizing complexity and asking the right questions is essential to bringing light and accountability to the darker more iniquitous corners of our emerging surveillance society For more information please see www garymarx net

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