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The soft cage : surveillance in America : from slavery to the war on terror

Author: Christian Parenti
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The Soft Cage explores the hidden history of surveillance - from controlling slaves in the old South to implementing early criminal justice, tracking immigrants, and closely monitoring the poor as part of modern social work. It also explores the role computers play in creating a whole new world of seemingly benign technologies - such as credit cards, website "cookies," electronic toll collection, "data mining," and

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Parenti
ISBN: 0465054846 9780465054848 0465054854 9780465054855
OCLC Number: 52429761
Description: xii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Life in the glass box --
Antebellum ID : genealogies of identification and registration --
The accumulation of bodies, Part 1 : Identification and photography --
The accumulation of bodies, Part 2 : Early biometrics --
Cruel Gan Saan : surveillance and Chinese exclusion --
Of ones and zeros : digital surveillance emerges --
Surveillance and the sinews of commerce --
Camera land : security aesthetics and public space --
The digital leash : mobility and freedom --
The new Taylorism : surveillance, work, and discipline --
The benevolent gaze : dossiers and the helping professions --
The eye of justice --
Voyeurism and security culture --
Fear as institution : 9/11 and surveillance triumphant.
Responsibility: Christian Parenti.
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From the cutting-edge young historian and reporter Christian Parenti, a vivid, chilling history of surveillance in American life-from the antebellum South to the computerized landscape of the  Read more...


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