Globalization and Surveillance

Globalization and Surveillance

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This book offers a lively, accessible and informative introduction to surveillance through the lens of globalization, and globalization through the lens of surveillance. The story that unfolds is wide-ranging, taking a thoroughly multidimensional and transdisciplinary approach that brings clarity to a complex subject. Drawing a long historical arc, and freely crisscrossing the Global North/South divide, Timothy Erik Stroem traces a narrative beginning with colonial land surveys. He convincingly shows how surveillance and capitalism are inextricably linked, illustrated through in-depth studies on Google and China's Social Credit System and the broader reconfiguration of everyday life. Drawing on a wealth of empirical examples and historical context, his book is a theoretically informed but accessible example of engaged scholarship that provides a provocative and critical examination of the uneven and contradictory subjective and material social meanings and consequences of surveillance and globalization.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 155 x 225 x 18mm | 367g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 3 Tables, unspecified
  • 1538123584
  • 9781538123584

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In an important and timely intervention, Timothy Stroem has crafted an invaluable conceptual roadmap for understanding the global surveillance economy. This engagingly written and elegantly conceived book locates contemporary surveillance in its broader social contexts with the goal of imagining, against all odds, how these might be different--and better.--Mark Andrejevic, Monash University Upgrading critiques of surveillance for the twenty-first century, Tim Stroem reveals its governing paradox of absolute control and utter powerlessness. Governmental and corporate surveillance technologies are locked into the logic of a system that cannot function if its bosses are not themselves completely submissive. In meticulous detail, Stroem shows how the smallest engineering decision rests on histories of colonialism and perpetuates a global system of injustice and inequality and how globalization, as a system of exploitation and oppression, shapes and is shaped by the software we so often see as helpful and at worst neutral. A wake-up call for citizens, consumers, students, and activists.--Sean Cubitt, University of Melbourne With a breathtakingly wide brush--both historical and geographical--Tim Stroem paints a compelling picture of surveillance as a crucial companion of colonization, capitalism, and war in the modern world. Thankfully, he also offers clues as to how things could be otherwise.--David Lyon, Queen's University, Canada
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About Timothy Erik Stroem

Timothy Erik Stroem is based in Melbourne, where he is a resident academic at Arena, and teaches in RMIT University's School of Global Studies. He is a recent PhD from Western Sydney University's Institute for Culture and Society.
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