Video Surveillance: Power and Privacy in Everyday Life

Video Surveillance: Power and Privacy in Everyday Life
Bilge Yesil
November 2009

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-370-7 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / vii, 170 pages

Price   $60.00


Yesil proposes that video surveillance is not a novel technology specific to the post-September 11 era, but that it can be historicized within crime prevention and risk management initiatives going back to the 1970s. Analyzing press coverage, security industry statements, and federal agency and law enforcement reports, Yesil discusses this visual technique of knowing and communicating as part of the larger culture of control, and she situates it in the broader processes of rationalization and normalization. Based on interviews with police officers, school administrators, students and private citizens, she presents a systematic exploration of everyday experiences of power and offers insights into the surveillance/ privacy nexus.

About the Author

Bilge Yesil earned her M.A. degree in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with funding from the Fulbright Program. She completed her doctoral studies in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University with a research grant from the National Science Foundation. Before joining College of Staten Island, she taught media and communication at New York University, New School University, and Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey).