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"An invaluable Rough Guide to our rapidly developing surveillance society. John Gilliom and Torin Monahan chart the pitfalls and the potentials of emerging monitoring practices in an engaging fashion, pointing out some of the more colorful examples along the way. Above all, the book forces all of us fish in the bowl to confront the universal medium we are swimming in: the pervasive practices of  surveillance that have colonized our world, from workplace to social space, in the name of efficiency, productivity, and security."
--Mark Andrejevic, University of Queensland

"SuperVision does an excellent job of both accentuating how surveillance now penetrates almost every sphere of our existence and raising some of the most pressing social and political questions of our age."
--Kevin Haggerty, University of Alberta

"John Gilliom and Torin Monahan unveil the purposes and implications of the surveillance practices embedded in the technologies we have come to take for granted and increasingly rely upon in our daily lives. Their examination of the evolution and social meaning of surveillance in a range of contexts is important reading and their 'ten big ideas' provide a set of valuable principles that readers can use intelligently in traversing their everyday lives."
--Priscilla Regan, George Mason University

“With SuperVision, John Gilliom and Torin Monahan meld deep knowledge with extensive teaching experience to offer a richly grounded look at the ubiquity of surveillance in everyday, contemporary life—from the tracking and tracing of cell phones to the post-9/11 hyperextension of airport security. Surveillance studies is rapidly gaining importance across the social sciences, and Gilliom and Monahan’s book provides a first-rate introduction to this burgeoning field.”
(Michael Musheno, University of California, Berkeley)

"An invaluable Rough Guide to our rapidly developing surveillance society. John Gilliom and Torin Monahan chart the pitfalls and the potentials of emerging monitoring practices in an engaging fashion, pointing out some of the more colorful examples along the way. Above all, the book forces all of us fish in the bowl to confront the universal medium we are swimming in: the pervasive practices of surveillance that have colonized our world, from workplace to social space, in the name of efficiency, productivity, and security."

(Mark Andrejevic, University of Queensland)

"SuperVision does an excellent job of both accentuating how surveillance now penetrates almost every sphere of our existence and raising some of the most pressing social and political questions of our age."

(Kevin Haggerty, University of Alberta)

"John Gilliom and Torin Monahan unveil the purposes and implications of the surveillance practices embedded in the technologies we have come to take for granted and increasingly rely upon in our daily lives. Their examination of the evolution and social meaning of surveillance in a range of contexts is important reading and their ‘ten big ideas’ provide a set of valuable principles that readers can use intelligently in traversing their everyday lives."

(Priscilla Regan, George Mason University)

“In their concise crash course, Gilliom and Monahan engage the reader in an accessible and witty dialogue, encouraging the reader to not only recognize the ubiquitous nature of surveillance in everyday life by providing a variety of practical and highly relatable examples, but also prompting the reader to consider how omnipresent surveillance shapes their social reality. . . . A welcome addition to the surveillance studies literature, particularly as a much needed entry level text.”
(Surveillance and Society 2013-11-21)

About the Author


John Gilliom is professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio University. He is the author of Overseers of the Poor and Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law. Torin Monahan is associate professor of Communication Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; With Introduction edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226924440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226924441
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came into this purchase with plenty of politics and sociology reading under my belt expecting another informative but possibly boring book.

Boy was I wrong.

This book is interesting, stimulating, and, above all, accessible to everyone who reads it. Gilliom and Monahan are meticulous in their dedication to being readable and it shows with their straightforward structure that isn't trying to hide anything from you.

It's a slick design with plenty of bullet points and text boxes to break up the usual page to page monotony without leaving out important details. Instead of "just another textbook" SuperVision reads like a bestseller meant for the general public.

I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about how their day to day life is scrutinized by major companies and its implications for you and me. I'm a student already overloaded with reading and this was an enjoyable book to read.
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The writing is clear and concise. However, there is nothing new here. There are no shocking revelations here. Most of the stuff in the book is public knowledge. I also would had liked to see something in the book about how all of this surveillance the book describes is a good or bad, for society as a whole. The pro's and con's of it.
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This book is a fine piece of concise writing that describes the reality of surveillance including online monitoring and other related concepts of privacy. For those that are already educated in our surveillance society, this book may seem like a compilation of common sense. It is simply an introduction that overviews aspects of how all dimensions of life is being compiled into a formal database that caters to our self-interest. The best part of this book, beyond the information given, is the ease of reading. It is definitely NOT a challenging book. Unless you interpret it as a challenger of your perspective of life...then it may be challenging. As far as diction and syntax goes it is a totally easy read. I recommend this to anyone who possesses the slightest interest or curiosity in learning or becoming more knowledgeable in the operations of modern advertisement, tracking, and biopower/biopolitics.
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Great book! It's a great addition to an political science student's library, or for anyone that is intrigued by the concept of privacy.
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A great introductory text to surveillance and its role and effects on our daily lives. A fascinating read.
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