Review: Nils Zurawski (Ed.) (2011). Überwachungspraxen – Praktiken der Überwachung [Surveillance Practices—Practices of Surveillance]


  • Stephan Humer Universität der Künste Berlin



surveillance, control, disciplinary society, control society, video surveillance, surveillance practices, consumption


The anthology "Überwachungspraxen – Praktiken der Überwachung" [Surveillance Practices—Practices of Surveillance] evolved from the University of Hamburg's research project "Konsum(kontroll)technologien" [Consumption Control Technologies], and is dedicated to the analysis of everyday practices in surveillance and control. These parameters are clearly underrepresented in the canon of research fields dealing with surveillance and control—only a few studies focus on how surveillance is practiced and manifested, as well as which connecting factors evolve from these topics for further research. This is, according to the editor, a blatant flaw, and one that this anthology seeks to rectify. In fact, it seems quite apparent that jurisprudential, technological and purely theoretical analyses of surveillance and control, as well as philosophical essays on the disciplinary and control society, dominate the discourse in this field (with particular emphasis on digital video surveillance). In light of this status quo, any enrichment to the current discourse through the elucidation of practices—and not just limited to video surveillance—should prove beneficial to anyone interested in analyzing surveillance and control, despite the highly variable quality of the volume's contributions, which is to be expected in an anthology on such a topic.



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Author Biography

Stephan Humer, Universität der Künste Berlin

Stephan HUMER ist Forschungsleiter (Arbeitsbereich Internetsoziologie) in der Digitalen Klasse der Universität der Künste Berlin. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: digitale Theorien und Methoden (Internetsoziologie, Psychologie, Medien- und Informationswissenschaften), digitale Sicherheitsforschung (Surveillance Studies), sozial-technisches Identitätsmanagement.



How to Cite

Humer, S. (2012). Review: Nils Zurawski (Ed.) (2011). Überwachungspraxen – Praktiken der Überwachung [Surveillance Practices—Practices of Surveillance]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(2).