Surveillance After September 11
September 2003, Polity
Chapter 1: Understanding Surveillance.
Chapter 2: Intensifying Surveillance.
Chapter 3: Automating Surveillance.
Chapter 4: Integrating Surveillance.
Chapter 5: Globalizing Surveillance.
Chapter 6: Resisting Surveillance.
- a timely work on a topic that is constantly in the news;
- considers fundamental questions about the wisdom of reliance on new technologies, the willingness to trample civil liberties in a quest for security, and the ways that simple social virtues such as trust and care can be corroded;
- based on ongoing research by an academic who has worked in the field for over a decade;
- addresses ethical and political questions that are in danger of being left to politicians or high-tech companies to discuss;
- presents issues that all of us encounter on a daily basis and hence has a relevance to everyone.
Craig Calhoun, Social Science Research Council, New York
“David Lyon provides a chilling and comprehensive account of the surveillance response to 9/11 by nation-states and corporations. His writing is exceptionally clear and graceful, his scholarship is impeccable, and his judgment is fair and wise.”Mark Poster, University of California
“A devastating critique on the attempt to engineer security through ever-increasing surveillance capabilities. Lyon brilliantly shows us how these begin to function as a clandestine power that erodes democracy in the name of our wellbeing.”
Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and its Discontents
"Surveillance After September 11 provides the reader with a very useful analysis of past and current security trends, along with predictions of possible future devlopments, in the context of global social change. Lyon's book provides us with a useful, relevant, clear-minded starting-point."
International Journal of Contemporary Sociology