Windows Into The Soul: Surveillance And Society In An Age Of High Technology by Gary T. Marx

Windows Into The Soul: Surveillance And Society In An Age Of High Technology

byGary T. Marx

Paperback | May 31, 2016

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We live in an age saturated with surveillance. Our personal and public lives are increasingly on display for governments, merchants, employers, hackers—and the merely curious—to see. In Windows into the Soul, Gary T. Marx, a central figure in the rapidly expanding field of surveillance studies, argues that surveillance itself is neither good nor bad, but that context and comportment make it so.

In this landmark book, Marx sums up a lifetime of work on issues of surveillance and social control by disentangling and parsing the empirical richness of watching and being watched. Using fictional narratives as well as the findings of social science, Marx draws on decades of studies of covert policing, computer profiling, location and work monitoring, drug testing, caller identification, and much more, Marx gives us a conceptual language to understand the new realities and his work clearly emphasizes the paradoxes, trade-offs, and confusion enveloping the field. Windows into the Soul shows how surveillance can penetrate our social and personal lives in profound, and sometimes harrowing, ways. Ultimately, Marx argues, recognizing complexity and asking the right questions is essential to bringing light and accountability to the darker, more iniquitous corners of our emerging surveillance society.

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About The Author

Gary T. Marx is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in America. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New Republic.

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Title:Windows Into The Soul: Surveillance And Society In An Age Of High TechnologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022628591X

ISBN - 13:9780226285917

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part 1: Concepts: The Need for a Modest but Persistent Analyticity

1. Defining the Terms of Surveillance Studies
2. So What’s New? Classifying Means for Change and Continuity
3. So What’s Old? Classifying Goals for Continuity and Change
4. The Stuff of Surveillance: Varieties of Personal Information

Part 2: Social Processes

5. Social Processes in Surveillance
6. A Tack in the Shoe and Taking the Shoe Off: Resistance and Counters to Resistance

Part 3: Culture and Contexts

7. Work: The Omniscient Organization Measures Everything That Moves
8. Children: Slap That Baby’s Bottom, Embed That ID Chip, and Let It Begin
9. The Private within the Public: Psychological Report on Tom I. Voire
10. A Mood Apart: What’s Wrong with Tom?
11. Government and More: A Speech by Hon. Rocky Bottoms to the Society for the Advancement of Professional Surveillance

Part 4: Ethics and Policy

12. Techno-Fallacies of the Information Age
13. An Ethics for the New (and Old) Surveillance
14. Windows into Hearts and Souls: Clear, Tinted, or Opaque Today?

Appendix: A Note on Values: Neither Technophobe nor Technophile
Notes
References
Index

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“What Marx does in Windows into the Soul is create parameters for the social scientific study of surveillance in the twenty-first century. . . . Windows into the Soul is a snapshot of the work of an original, wide-ranging scholar who has done much to develop the study of surveillance.”