Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
David R. Dickens
Second Committee Member
Donald E. Carns
Number of Pages
The topic of this dissertation is visual surveillance. The research addresses two aspects of surveillance in the social world. First, how surveillance cameras oversee people and activities in social space, and second, how the individuals and technology of surveillance are organized. The introduction describes the recent proliferation of surveillance. The literature review describes what I call the six sociological tenets of visual surveillance. The methodology describes the qualitative techniques used in this research, including the issues and problems encountered in studying secret organizations. The results of interviews and interactions are presented as an ethnographic narrative that describes: a history of surveillance, surveillance practices, and surveillance organizations. The findings of this research propose an ideal-typical characterization of visual surveillance organizations.
Cameras; Contemporary; Issues; Organizations; Secret; Secret Organizations; Sociological; Surveillance; Visual Surveillance
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have the full text removed from Digital Scholarship@UNLV, please submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.
Taylor, Christopher, "Visual surveillance: Contemporary sociological issues" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3041.