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SOCY 476: Surveillance Between Power and Resistance

Sources for Background Information

Use encyclopedias, handbooks and bibliographies to:

  • gain an overview of the subject
  • identify more specific aspects of the topic
  • provide context and theory
  • identify experts related to the field
  • keywords and subject-specific vocabulary terms that can be used for database searches
  • bibliographies that lead to additional resources


Sage Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security and Privacy (2018)
Online version of three volume set consists of twelve thematic sections including Surveillance, Identity and Controlling Populations; Security, Governance and Democracy; and Place, Space and the Body. 

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology  

See the entry on Surveillance by D. Lyon


Use handbooks to locate in-depth articles written by noted experts. Handbooks typically offer thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in a particular field.

Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies



Use bibliographies to find a comprehensive list of sources on a specific topic or a selective list of key works on a topic.

Oxford Bibliographies

See, for example, the following entries:

Public and Private Surveillance

Airport and Airline Security 

Surveillance and Communication