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Review of Aas, Katja Franko, Helen Oppen Gundhus and Heidi Mork Lomell. (eds) 2009. Technologies of (In)Security: The Surveillance of Everyday Life. New York: Routledge.

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Microsoft Word - molnar.doc Molnar, Adam. 2009. Review of Aas, Gundhus and Lomell’s Technologies of (In)Security: The Surveillance of Everyday LIfe. Surveillance & Society 6(4): 421-423. | ISSN: 1477-7487 © The author(s), 2009 | Licensed to the Surveillance Studies Network under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license. Adam Molnar PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, BC, Canada. [email protected] Similar to Zygmant Bauman’s (1995) characterization of postmodernism as “modernism coming to terms with its limitations,” Surveillance Studies scholars are dealing with the vast range of multi-disciplinary interventions of previous decades. However, coming to terms with the enclosures of conceptual and methodological specters of the past is no simple task, particularly in light of emerging empirical complexities. Impressively, Technologies of (In)Security: The surveillance of everyday life confronts both the most pressing theoretical and conceptual issues raised by European criminologists and sociologists in the surveillance studies arena, and also offers a detailed account of cutting-edge empirical cases characterizing the contemporary horizons of surveillance practice and social control. Technologies of InSecurity: the surveillance of everyday life presents a multi-disciplinary approach that “aims to examine how forms of contemporary (in)security are translated into issues of surveillance and social control, or vice versa” (2). The authors have pulled together an extraordinary collection of chapters that foreground an empirical focus on the “nexus between various uses of surveillant technologies and (in)security” (2). The sharp empirical focus brings to light a series of timely themes in surveillance and security: the deep normative tension between security and human rights, the striving for security and inevitable co-production of (in)securities and

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