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Surveillance Schools: Security, Discipline and Control in Contemporary Education

Taylor, Emmeline (2013) Surveillance Schools: Security, Discipline and Control in Contemporary Education Crime Prevention and Security Management . Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 978-1-137-30885-6

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Abstract

With the growth of surveillance technologies globally, Taylor focuses on the phenomenon of the Surveillance School and explores the impact that continual monitoring is having upon school children, education and society. Surveillance Schools are characterised by routine practices that identify, verify, categorise and track pupils. With biometric technologies such as fingerprinting and iris scanning, CCTV, microchips in ID cards and 'smart uniforms', metal detectors and police officers patrolling the school corridors with sniffer dogs, it is clear that schools have become increasingly fortified. Taylor outlines the phenomenon of the Surveillance School, mapping the driving forces behind them and analyses the impact. The evidence emerging from empirical studies suggests that often these technologies do little to safeguard young people, do not represent financial savings or increased efficiency, but serve to strip pupils of their privacy, undermine their trust in others and create an atmosphere of suspicion. This insightful research ultimately questions whether the incessant use of omnipresent technological surveillance has the ability to displace the very building blocks of democratic society. Taylor presents the school as a microcosm of society and invites us to experience a prophetic glance into the future of the surveillance society.

Item Type: Book
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Taylor, Emmelineemmeline.taylor@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 16 October 2013
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emmeline Taylor 2013. All rights reserved. No reproduction, copy or transmission of this publication may be made without written permission. No portion of this publication may be reproduced, copied or transmitted save with written permission or in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, or under the terms of any licence permitting limited copying issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency, Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 23 May 2017 12:18
Last Modified : 23 May 2017 12:18
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841053

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