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The Pre-Crime Society: Crime, Culture and Control in the Ultramodern Age

Bruce A. Arrigo and Brian G. Sellers


We live in a pre-crime society. Within this society, information technology strategies and techniques such as predictive policing, actuarial justice and surveillance penology are used to achieve hyper-securitization. However, such securitization comes at a cost. In this new people-making society, the criminalisation of everyday life is guaranteed, justice functions as an algorithmic industry and punishment is administered through dataveillance regimes. Exploring relevant theories, developing technologies and institutional practices, this pioneering book explains how the pre-crime society opera ... More

Keywords: surveillance, securitization, crime analytics, justice policy, information technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529205251
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529205251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce A. Arrigo, editor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Brian G. Sellers, editor
Eastern Michigan University

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Part I Theories, Theorists and Theoretical Perspectives

Part II Institutions, Organizations and the Surveillance Industrial Complex

6 Commodification of Suffering

Matthew Draper, Brett Breton and Lisa Petot

Part III Dataveillance, Governance and Policing Control Societies

9 Cameras and Police Dataveillance: A New Era in Policing

Janne E. Gaub and Marthinus C. Koen

Part IV Systems of Surveillance, Discipline and the New Penology

16 The Digital Technologies of Rehabilitation and Reentry

Bianca C. Reisdorf and Julia R. DeCook

Part V Globalizing Surveillance, Human Rights and (In)Security

18 Big Data, Cyber Security and Liberty

Jin Ree Lee and Thomas J. Holt

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