Degree Name

Master of Arts (Hons.)


Department of Science and Technology Studies


In this thesis I critically review the major theories of modem mass surveillance for the purpose of contributing to the developing field of critical surveillance studies. This has meant firstly, assessing the influential liberal/privacy perspectives on surveillance and the theoretically adjacent organisational control approach in order to show how they have shaped the great majority of surveillance studies around perspectives which not only fail, on their own terms, to adequately understand the purposes and effects of contemporary surveillance practices but also effectively obscure how the staging of surveillance is deeply implicated in the expansion of capitalist accumulation and the related restructuring of social control.