Today’s ‘surveillance society’ emerged from a complex of military and corporate priorities that were nourished through the active and ‘cold’ wars that marked the twentieth century. Two massive configurations of power – state and corporate – have become the dominant players. Mass targeted surveillance deep within corporate, governmental and social structures is now both normal and legitimate.

The Surveillance-Industrial Complex examines the intersections of capital and the neo-liberal state in promoting the emergence and growth of the surveillance society. The chapters in this volume, written by internationally-known surveillance scholars from a number of disciplines, trace the connections between the massive multinational conglomerates that manufacture, distribute and promote technologies of ‘surveillance’, and the institutions of social control and civil society. In three parts, this collection investigates:

  • how the surveillance-industrial complex spans international boundaries through the workings of global capital and its interaction with agencies of the state
  • surveillance as an organizational control process, perpetuating the interests and voices of certain actors and weakening or silencing others
  • how local political economies shape the deployment and distribution of the massive interactions of global capital/military that comprise surveillance systems today.

This volume will be useful for students and scholars of sociology, management, business, criminology, geography and international studies.

chapter |8 pages


The surveillance-industrial complex: towards a political economy of surveillance?
ByKirstie Ball, Laureen Snider

part I|84 pages

International networks and global circuits of surveillance

chapter 1|16 pages

The new military urbanism

ByStephen Graham

chapter 2|17 pages

Promoting global identification

Corporations, IGOs and ID card systems
ByDavid Lyon, Özgün E. Topak

chapter 3|17 pages

Pandemic governance

Using event-based surveillance to manage emerging infectious diseases
ByAdam Warren, Morag Bell, Lucy Budd

chapter 4|17 pages

The SAIC—Siemens ‘super-panopticon' in the Athens 2004 Olympics as a case of ‘McVeliance'

The surveillance-industrial complex's unscrupulous global business
ByMinas Samatas

chapter 5|15 pages

Insecurity as an engineering problem

The technosecurity network
ByStéphane Leman-Langlois

part II|46 pages

Surveillance capacity, industrial infrastructures and resource distribution

chapter 6|12 pages

Critical examination of the role of private actors in the fight against money laundering

The case of the UK retail banking industry
ByAna Isabel Canhoto

chapter 7|15 pages

Collaborative surveillance

Configuring contemporary marketing practice
ByJason Pridmore

chapter 8|17 pages

The ‘great unwatched' and the ‘lightly touched'1

Surveillance and stock market fraud
ByLaureen Snider, Adam Molnar

part III|69 pages

Ground-level circulations

chapter 9|17 pages

The imagined city

Power, mystification and synoptic surveillance
ByRoy Coleman

chapter 11|16 pages

Surveillance and subjectivity

Everyday experiences of surveillance practices
ByDavid Harper, Ian Tucker, Darren Ellis

chapter 12|17 pages

CCTV in Barcelona

The political economy of surveillance in the (wannabe) global city
ByGemma Galdon Clavell