Personal information, borders, and the new surveillance studies

Gary T. Marx, Glenn W. Muschert

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

    23 Scopus citations


    This article reviews and critiques recent scholarship on surveillance and communication technology that involves the crossing of personal information borders. A Sociology of Information framework focusing on the normative elements is proposed as a way to integrate this variegated field. Empirical analysis is particularly needed to test the claims of surveillance scholars, and we suggest some hypotheses. The article concludes with a consideration of conflicting values and empirical trends that make this such a challenging field and suggests some "moral mandates" to guide research in the crossing of personal informational borders, whether this involves individual privacy and accountability or broader social concerns.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Law and Social Science
    EditorsJohn Hagan, Kim Lane Scheppele, Tom Tyler
    Number of pages21
    StatePublished - 2007

    Publication series

    NameAnnual Review of Law and Social Science
    ISSN (Print)1550-3585


    • Communication technology
    • Privacy
    • Social norms
    • Sociology of information
    • Surveillance


    Dive into the research topics of 'Personal information, borders, and the new surveillance studies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this