Digital Age |Managing Surveillance: Surveillant Individualism in an Era of Relentless Visibility

Shiv Ganesh


Contemporary surveillance occurs in the context of communicative abundance, where visibility is not only easy but relentless: never ending, far reaching, and ceaseless. Managing surveillance therefore has considerable implications for democratic politics, workplace control, economic practices, cultural politics, and individual subjectivity. This article identifies surveillant individualism, or the pivotal role that individuals play in surveillance and countersurveillance, as a major feature of contemporary surveillance management. It seeks to clarify current research trajectories on digital surveillance management and to chart a course for organizational research on surveillant individualism.


countersurveillance, relentless visibility, sousveillance, surveillant individualism

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