Political economy and surveillance theory

Fuchs, Christian (2013) Political economy and surveillance theory. Critical Sociology, 39 (5). pp. 671-687. ISSN 0896-9205

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0896920511435710


The task of this article is to help in the grounding of foundations for relating surveillance studies to Marxian categories. Existing theories of surveillance have thus far not been linked systematically to Marx’s works. The contribution of this article is that it discusses the relation of the Marxian concept of the cycle of accumulation and the notion of surveillance. It is shown that for Karl Marx surveillance was a fundamental aspect of the capitalist economy and the modern nation state. Surveillance is an integral negative and antagonistic feature of capitalist society. The Marxian concept of the cycle of capital accumulation allows for systematically distinguishing six forms of economic surveillance: applicant surveillance, workplace surveillance, workforce surveillance, property surveillance, consumer surveillance, and surveillance of competition. The notion of accumulation is suitable for establishing a general critical understanding of surveillance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
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Depositing User: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 10:13
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016 11:04
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/13015

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