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Oscar Gandy, Professor Emeritus, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

“Surveillance studies has arrived! Monahan and Murakami Wood have identified the multiple paths through which this critically important discipline has found its way to the center of our attention. One can’t help but be impressed and grateful for the historic contribution they have made.”

William G. Staples, Professor of Sociology and Director, Surveillance Studies Research Center, University of Kansas


“This book is an absolute gem. The editors, key scholars in this transdisciplinary field, have not only brought together these essential contributions in one volume, they have done so meticulously and skillfully. Each section, introduced by the editors, is topically organized and, when read sequentially, offers the reader an insightful mapping of this dynamic and evolving intellectual journey.”

Simone Browne, Department of African & African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

“With this carefully curated collection of essays, Torin Monahan and David Murakami Wood provide not only an entry into surveillance studies - its historical valences as well as contemporary scholarship within the field - but also offer us the urgently needed theory and tools required to think about the concept of surveillance in our classrooms, at borders, and at the various sites that surveillance complicates our social lives. This wide ranging book will shape many important discussions to come.”

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