Surveillance, Power and ModernityBureaucracy and Discipline from 1700 to the Present Day
Surveillance, Power and Modernity
Bureaucracy and Discipline from 1700 to the Present Day
As a result of the writings of Foucault, surveillance has come to be seen as a phenomenon of major importance in modern societies. But there are few, if any, studies which relate the concept of surveillance to that of bureaucracy, thus connecting Foucault to Max Weber. Dandeker's text breaks new ground in re-examining the framework of Weber's analysis of bureaucracy in the light of problems of surveillance. The author also provides a critique of a variety of other theories of the significance of bureaucracy in the modern world. The core of the book is concerned to offer a detailed analysis of the use of bureaucratic surveillance in the state and the economy. The author gives particular attention to the role of warfare in the expansion of surveillance. The text brings together problems that ordinarily are treated in substantial separation from one another, including analyses of staff and line in organization theory, military service and the formation of prisons and asylums.
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  • July 1994
  • 256 pages
  • 154 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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  • Paperback $28.00
  • 9780745613420
Table of Contents


1. Bureaucracy, Surveillance and Modern Society.

2. Surveillance: Basic Concepts and Dimensions.

3. Military Power, Capitalism and Surveillance.

4. Bureaucratic Surveillance in a 'Society of Strangers':.

The State and Social Control in Modern Capitalism.

5. Capitalism, Surveillance and the Modern Business Enterprise.

6. Conclusion: Capitalism, Surveillance and Modernity.


About the Author

Christopher Dandeker is professor of military sociology at King's College, London. His previous publications include multiple books.

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'An excellent, scholarly piece ... many will find a place for it on their 'sociology of organisations' courses.' Sociology
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