Is the official collection of information on individuals inevitably leading to the creation of a 'Big Brother State'? In this innovative interdisciplinary study, Edward Higgs takes issue with writers such as Michel Foucault...Show More
Is the official collection of information on individuals inevitably leading to the creation of a 'Big Brother State'? In this innovative interdisciplinary study, Edward Higgs takes issue with writers such as Michel Foucault and Anthony Giddens who argue that state information gathering can be seen in terms of an expansion towards modernity, and as social control. Using ground-breaking historical research, Higgs reveals that, since 1500, the English state has always been an Information State although the nature of that state has changed markedly over the last 500 years. In its modern form, the Information State is as much about winning consent via the provision of benefits as repression in the interests of elites.
The Information State in England
- draws upon a wide range of sociological theory and historical research, as well as evidence gathered from archival sources
- challenges many assumptions about state formation and the role of information
- views the development of the state in terms of the changing balance between decentralized and centralized forms of governance
provides a critique of sociological and postmodernist concepts of modernity.
An original interdisciplinary study of the historical development of the Information State in England
Deals with a highly topical subject, given present concerns surrounding the possibility of identity cards and the idea of the 'Big Brother State'
Presents new archival research and offers a critique of sociological theory
List of Tables
Some Models of State Information Gathering
State Information Gathering in Early Modern England
State Information Gathering in the Classic Liberal State
The New Liberal State and Information Gathering
The Information State in Total War and Total Welfare
The Information State in the Age of Information Technology
Conclusion: Social Control or a Hegemony of Citizenship?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Sociology of the European Union Adrian Favell, Virginie Guiraudon
- Theorizing Power Jonathan S. Hearn
- Theorizing European Societies Marinus Ossewaarde
- Europe in a Global Context A. Krossa
- Sport Politics Jonathan Grix
- The Age of Migration Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas, Mark J. Miller
- Social Movements and Globalization Cristina Flesher Fominaya
- Fascism Martin Kitchen
- Power Steven Lukes
- European Welfare Policy Vic George, Peter Taylor-Gooby
- Citizenship and Democracy in a Global Era Andrew Vandenberg
- The Information State in England Edward Higgs