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Book review: Larsen, Beatrice von Silva-Tarouca. 2011. Setting the Watch: Privacy and the Ethics of CCTV Surveillance (Studies in Penal Theory and Penal Ethics). Oxford: Hart. 226pp. Hardback £47.00, ISBN 978-1-84946-084-2

Menichelli, Francesca (2013) Book review: Larsen, Beatrice von Silva-Tarouca. 2011. Setting the Watch: Privacy and the Ethics of CCTV Surveillance (Studies in Penal Theory and Penal Ethics). Oxford: Hart. 226pp. Hardback £47.00, ISBN 978-1-84946-084-2 Surveillance and Society, 11 (1/2). pp. 213-214.

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Abstract

Dating as far back as the mid-1990s, when British scholars started to question the spread of surveillance cameras in their country, studies on CCTV has become one of the most established areas of enquiry in Surveillance Studies. We now know that the gaze of cameras is far from neutral and suspicion is socially constructed to reflect the assumptions of those manning the system (Norris and Armstrong 1999), that operators develop strategies to ease the burden of long working hours when, for the most part, not much happens so that cameras are not watched at all times (Smith 2004), and that the use of CCTV for preventing access to public space to specific categories of undesirables is common in several European countries (Mork Lomell 2004; Fonio 2007). What the works mentioned above share with countless others is the belief that cameras negatively impact on the individual’s right to privacy in public space and that, as such, the exponential growth in the diffusion of open-street CCTV systems signals a progressive shift towards a more and more controlled society.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
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Menichelli, Francescaf.menichelli@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 29 May 2013
Copyright Disclaimer : © The author(s), 2013. Licensed to the Surveillance Studies Network under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license.
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 Apr 2018 13:31
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:09
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/846241

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