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The Soft Cage : Surveillance in America, From Slavery to the War on Terror - Christian Parenti

The Soft Cage

Surveillance in America, From Slavery to the War on Terror

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780465054855
Number Of Pages: 286

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On a typical day, you might make a call on a cell phone, withdraw money at an ATM, visit the mall, and make a purchase with a credit card. Each of these routine transactions leaves a digital trail for government agencies and businesses to access. As cutting-edge historian and journalist Christian Parenti points out, these everyday intrusions on privacy, while harmless in themselves, are part of a relentless (and clandestine) expansion of routine surveillance in American life over the last two centuries-from controlling slaves in the old South to implementing early criminal justice and tracking immigrants. Parenti explores the role computers are playing in creating a whole new world of seemingly benign technologies-such as credit cards, website "cookies," and electronic toll collection-that have expanded this trend in the twenty-first century. "The Soft Cage" offers a compelling, vitally important history lesson for every American concerned about the expansion of surveillance into our public and private lives.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Life in the Glass Boxp. 1
Antebellum ID: Genealogies of Identification and Registrationp. 13
The Accumulation of Bodies, Part I: Identification and Photographyp. 33
The Accumulation of Bodies, Part II: Early Biometricsp. 43
Cruel Gam Saan: Surveillance and Chinese Exclusionp. 61
Of Ones and Zeros: Digital Surveillance Emergesp. 77
Surveillance and the Sinews of Commercep. 91
Camera Land: Security Aesthetics and Public Spacep. 109
The Digital Leash: Mobility and Freedomp. 121
The New Taylorism: Surveillance, Work, and Disciplinep. 131
The Benevolent Gaze: Dossiers and the Helping Professionsp. 151
The Eye of Justicep. 169
Voyeurism and Security Culturep. 183
Fear As Institution: 9/11 and Surveillance Triumphantp. 199
Notesp. 213
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780465054855
ISBN-10: 0465054854
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1