Überwachungsgeschichte(n). Facetten eines Forschungsfeldes

  • The introduction to this issue on historical surveillance studies argues for an integrated understanding of surveillance that focuses on the interconnectedness of the state, economy and sciences within the context of different forms of technological revolution. It suggests reading contemporary diagnoses of ‘total surveillance’ from a long-term historical perspective beginning in the seventeenth century. In this light, surveillance is not limited to intelligence history or state control. Rather, it produces patterns of order and data that can be deployed for political processes like urban planning, welfare policy, crime prevention, or the persecution of political opponents. Furthermore, surveillance is also part of the economy, encompassing market and consumption research, advertising, and workplace monitoring. Research into the political and the economic aspects of surveillance should be combined. After defining the term ‘surveillance’ and differentiating between security and surveillance studies, the article provides an overview of different empirical studies in this new historiographical field. It concludes with short summaries of the articles collected in this issue.

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Author:Sven Reichardt
Parent Title (German):Geschichte und Gesellschaft
Document Type:Journal Article
Year of first Publication:2016
Release Date:2021/07/27
First Page:5
Last Page:33
ZZF Chronological-Classification:20. Jahrhundert
vor 1900
21. Jahrhundert
ZZF Regional-Classification:ohne regionalen Schwerpunkt
ZZF Topic-Classification:Begriffe
Studies in Contemporary History: Materials:2/2010 Sicherheit 2/2010
Licence (German):License LogoMit freundlicher Genehmigung des jeweiligen Autors / Verlags für Online-Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Zeithistorische Forschungen