Crime, Security and Surveillance

Effects for the Surveillant and the Surveilled

Gudrun Vande Walle, Nils Zurawski en Evelien Van den Herrewegen (redactie) 9789490947651 | 1e druk, 2012


The surveillance society has significantly been discussed in social sciences over the last ten years.  Phenomena like terrorist threats and illegal migration flows on the one hand and an anxious western population on the other seems to legitimize a considerable growth and sophistication of databases and surveillance technologies. Surveillance technologies may lead towards a more secure society for some. However they also have a profound rearranging effect on society and may be a threat for fundamental human rights. For these reasons social scientists have tried to slow down this fast-moving and self-evident evolution in the last ten years. In this volume we continue the debate by discussing the protagonists in the surveillance society: the surveillants and the surveilled. The contributions are set out on the consequences of surveillance technologies in specific settings:

  • for the large diversity of public and private, official and informal surveillants  
  • for the diversity of included or excluded, rich or poor, anxious or careless people under surveillance
  • for the social interaction of the different actors in surveillance settings

The authors are international researchers with respective angles in sociology, anthropology, public administration, criminology, communication, legal studies, technology studies, …  . The volume is the result of a collaboration in the frame of the European COST-network Living in Surveillance Societies (COST-LiSS). One of the central topics of discussion of the COST-LiSS – project was the everyday experiences of those living and working in surveillance societies.


Criminologists and safety experts (nationally and internationally), professionals and policy workers in the field of supervision and conservation.


Gudrun Vande Walle has a master degree in Law (KULeuven) and in Criminology (UGent) and obtained her PhD in Criminology at Ghent University in 2003 on the topic of conflict resolution for victims of corporate crime. She is Assistant Professor at University College Ghent (affiliated Ghent University),  Faculty of Business and Public Administration and visiting professor at Rühr University of Bochum, Master in Criminology, Governance and Police Science. She is also member of the research unit Governing and Policing Security (GaPS). Research and teaching experience  covers: Corruption and anti-corruption policy in the private and public sector; ethics and integrity; surveillance technologies; conflict resolution and financial-economic Crime. For more details, see:

Evelien Van den Herrewegen has a master degree in Sociology (KULeuven) and in Criminology (UGent) and obtained her PhD in Criminology at Ghent University in 2011 on the topic of people’s perceptions of safety. Currently she is involved in a study that explores an integrated approach to security in the port of Antwerp and is lecturer at Courtrai University College in the Bachelor Social Safety.  She is also member of the Research Unit Social Analysis of Security (Ghent University). Her research interests are social  security questions in late modernity; interpretative research; active citizenship and social cohesion.

Nils Zurawski studied Sociology, Ethnology and Geography in Münster, Germany. PhD on “Virtual Ethnicity. Studies on Identity, Culture and Internet“ (Peter Lang 2000). Other research experiences are: fieldwork in Northern Ireland on „Violence and Identity“ (2000/2001); research project on CCTV and spatial perception (2003-2006), research on consumption and loyalty cards (2008-2010). Research interests include surveillance (CCTV, consumption, theory, anthropology of surveillance), identity, urban studies, space, political anthropology, violence, Internet and media, qualitative methods. He is an MC member of the COST action “Living in Surveillance Societies”. He currently works as a senior researcher and professor at the University of Hamburg, More info:


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