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The rise of the information state: The development of central state surveillance of the citizen in England, 1500-2000

Higgs, E (2001) 'The rise of the information state: The development of central state surveillance of the citizen in England, 1500-2000.' Journal of Historical Sociology, 14 (2). 175 - 197. ISSN 0952-1909

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Abstract

This essay examines existing sociological explanations of the development of the central surveillance of citizens in the light of the English experience, and finds them wanting. Sociologists see the state using surveillance for the benefit of capitalist elites, to reimpose social control over the "society of strangers" created by industrialisation. But surveillance pre-dated industrialisation, and the development of information gathering by state elites had more to do with their own need to preserve their position both within the English polity, and international geo-politics.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2011 14:26
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1367

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