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Surveillance and Crime

Surveillance and Crime

October 2010 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Surveillance has a long-standing relationship with crime and its identification, prevention, detection and punishment. With information on each citizen spanning up to 700 databases, and over 4 million CCTV cameras in the United Kingdom alone, this book explores how new technologies have given rise to new forms of monitoring and control.


Offering a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between surveillance, crime and criminal justice, this book explores:

  • the development of surveillance technologies within a broad historical context
  • how new surveillance technologies are shaped by existing social relations, political practices, cultural traditions and organizational contexts
  • the implications of the use of surveillance in responding to crime (including biometrics, DNA samples and electronic monitoring)
  • how 'new' surveillance technologies reinforce 'old' social divisions - particularly along the lines of class, race, gender and age.

The book draws upon theoretical debates from a range of disciplines to shed light on this topical subject. Engaging and authoritative, this is an important read for advanced students and academics in criminology, criminal justice, social policy and sociology.



The Key Approaches to Criminology series celebrates the removal of traditional barriers between disciplines and, specifically, reflects criminology’s interdisciplinary nature and focus.  It brings together some of the leading scholars working at the intersections of criminology and related subjects.  Each book in the series helps readers to make intellectual connections between criminology and other discourses, and to understand the importance of studying crime and criminal justice within the context of broader debates. 


The series is intended to have appeal across the entire range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and beyond, comprising books which offer introductions to the fields as well as advancing ideas and knowledge in their subject areas. 

Surveillance, Crime and Controversy

Understanding Surveillance
The Historical Foundations of Surveillance
New Policing and New Surveillance
Globalization, Surveillance and the 'War' on Terror
Surveillance, Power and Social Impacts
'Contesting' and 'Resisting' Surveillance
The Politics of Visibility and Invisibility

Deconstructing Surveillance, Crime and Power

This book is useful as both an introduction to Criminology and an Introduction to Surveillance Studies. The Section on The Historical Foundations of Surveillance was particularly good, and in general the language and style is accessible and easy to follow. I would recommend this book for any undergraduate studies of Surveillance

Mr Kenny Doyle
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
October 26, 2011

This text provides a detailed analysis of crime, power and social control. With surveillance being unavoidable in contemporary society, this is a must read

Mr Stephen Whattam
applied criminal justice studies, university of bradford
August 8, 2011

Surveillance & Crime offers undrgraduate students an accessible text that deals with the complexities of surveillance and its effects. In particular, readers are directed to the 'net widening' technologies of contemporary surveillance systems and 'non-state' surveillance methodologies. The interaction between formal systems and informal systems of control are presented as an ongoing thread that maintains a focus on the effects on those who are subject to broad ranging systems of conceptual and practical methodologies.

An excellent text for students of criminology/sociology interested in surveillance studies.

Dr Paul Taylor
Social Studies and Counselling, Chester University
April 11, 2011

good book

Dr Stephen Tong
Law & Criminal Justice Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 4, 2011

Good book

Dr Stephen Tong
Law & Criminal Justice Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 4, 2011

Crucial reading in times of increased surveillance and control in society. It provides students with the context of its development and an examination of risk together with useful critiques on the power and prevalence of surveillance and its use by politicians in policy and constructing relations.

Ms Gill Hughes
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Hull University
December 15, 2010

This is an excellent text that will prove to be very useful for our level 5 students undertaking a module: Crime in an Operational Context. I am keen to introduce 'Surveillance' as a topic choice for the module and the students will be directed to this text. The text will be added to our recommended list for the module.

Mr Barrie Sheldon
School of Social Sciences and law, University of Teesside
November 18, 2010

A useful text which is appropriate for this varied Unit.

I have requested my librarian to order copies and the text is added to our reading lists, as well as recommendations to students. Thank you.

Mrs Janis Bourne-Day
Interdisciplinary Studies, MMU Cheshire
September 28, 2010

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