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Threats of terrorism, natural disaster, identity theft, job loss, illegal immigration, and even biblical apocalypse—all are perils that trigger alarm in people today. Although there may be a factual basis for many of these fears, they do not simply represent objective conditions. Feelings of insecurity are instilled by politicians and the media, and sustained by urban fortification, technological surveillance, and economic vulnerability.

Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity fuses advanced theoretical accounts of state power and neoliberalism with original research from the social settings in which insecurity dynamics play out in the new century. Torin Monahan explores the counterterrorism-themed show 24, Rapture fiction, traffic control centers, security conferences, public housing, and gated communities, and examines how each manifests complex relationships of inequality, insecurity, and surveillance. Alleviating insecurity requires that we confront its mythic dimensions, the politics inherent in new configurations of security provision, and the structural obstacles to achieving equality in societies.

Book News Annotation:

This work investigates the social construction of insecurity in the context of neoliberalism's policies and practices. It argues that social inequalities are being normalized by dominant constructions of and response to insecurity. The first section of the book looks at the role of media programming and political discourses in the construction of everyday insecurities; the second section examines the integration of technology surveillance systems with institutions and built environments "to control our lives and communicate to us that we are not safe." Discussion ranges from Christian Rapture fiction and the counterterrorism-themed show 24, to traffic control centers, identity theft, and gated communities. The book is for anyone interested in surveillance, security, or the politics of neoliberalism. Monahan teaches human and organizational development at Vanderbilt University. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity fuses advanced theoretical accounts of state power and neoliberalism with original research from the social settings in which insecurity dynamics play out in the new century. It explores the counterterrorism-themed show 24, Rapture fiction, traffic control centers, security conferences, public housing, and gated communities, and examines how each manifests complex relationships of inequality, insecurity, and surveillance. Alleviating insecurity requires that we confront its mythic dimensions, the politics inherent in new configurations of security provision, and the structural obstacles to achieving equality in societies.

About the Author

Torin Monahan is an associate professor of human and organizational development and an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. His writings include Schools under Surveillance: Cultures of Control in Public Education (Rutgers University Press).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Constructing Insecurity

Part I Security Cultures

1 Securing the Homeland

2 Twenty-Four-Hour Exceptions

3 Situational Awareness of the Security Industry

4 Vulnerable Identities

5 Leaving Others Behind

Part II Surveillance Infrastructures

6 Residential Fortification

7 Controlling Mobilities

8 Masculine Technologies

9 Countersurveillance

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813547657
Author:
Monahan, Torin
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
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Subject:
National security -- United States.
Subject:
Technology -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Crime-Enforcement and Investigation
Edition Description:
trade paperback
Series:
Critical Issues in Crime and Society
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 illustrations. 3 black and white halft
Pages:
226
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity fuses advanced theoretical accounts of state power and neoliberalism with original research from the social settings in which insecurity dynamics play out in the new century. It explores the counterterrorism-themed show 24, Rapture fiction, traffic control centers, security conferences, public housing, and gated communities, and examines how each manifests complex relationships of inequality, insecurity, and surveillance. Alleviating insecurity requires that we confront its mythic dimensions, the politics inherent in new configurations of security provision, and the structural obstacles to achieving equality in societies.

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