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Power, Problems, and Politics

edited by Sean P. Hier & Josh Greenberg

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civil rights, public, law enforcement, criminology
list price: $32.95
also available: Paperback Hardcover
published: 2010
publisher: UBC Press

Surveillance is commonly rationalized as a solution for existing problems such as crime and terrorism. This book explores how surveillance, often disguised as risk management or harm reduction, is also at the root of a range of social and political problems. Canadian scholars from diverse disciplines interrogate the moral and ideological bases as well as the material effects of surveillance in policing, consumerism, welfare administration, disaster management, popular culture, moral regulation, news media, social movements, and anti-terrorism campaigns.

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Contributor notes

Sean P. Hier is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. Josh Greenberg is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.


Contributors: Charlene D. Elliott, Neil Gerlach, Kevin D. Haggerty, Sheryl N. Hamilton, Laura Huey, Simon J. Kiss, Mike Larsen, Shoshana Magnet, Patrick F. Parnaby, Justin Piché, C. Victoria Reed, Joseph Scanlon, Scott Thompson, Kevin Walby, and Dwayne Winseck

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Editorial Review

This particular collection is unique in both its strong Canadian content, and the broad range of empirical cases.

— Canadian Journal of Sociology, 35 (3)
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About the Authors

Sean P. Hier

Sean P. Hier is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Contemporary Sociological Thought: Themes and Theories (Canadian Scholars Press).

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