Sociology Gold: The sociology research of Goldsmiths, University of London

Privacy, Surveillance and Public Trust (2006)

Dan Neyland

Privacy, surveillance and public trust form a burgeoning presence within debates surrounding technological developments, particularly in the current 'war on terror' environment. Social, economic and political issues are invoked in collecting, categorising, scrutinising and mobilising information on the everyday activities of the population. These activities are implicated in new legislative developments, ways of conceptualising society and a growth in the industry of protest. However, what do we know about the day to day detail of these developments? How can we comprehend, scrutinise and address these issues? This book engages with these questions through a detailed study of CCTV and its connections to political authorities, retailers, police, residents, shoppers, the media and potential criminals to offer a timely, robust and incisive contribution to knowledge.

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