Appreciating Surveillance Cultures
The work of David Lyon is of vital importance to this story, helping contextualise these encounters - for the author, for the discipline, and for surveillance as a subject, object and feild of enquiry. How this work has helped shaped this emergent discipline for the author (personally), but also for sociology as a whole is addressed; suggesting that the feild of surveillance studies has contributed to a kind of 'open ended pragmatism' in social sciences. By asking important questions at macro, meso and micro levels this has opened up a more nuanced understanding of surveillance in all its forms - though this paper emphasises surveillance culture and surveillance imaginaries. The contribution seeks to better illustrate how important this approach is to the development, experience and research output of a generation of scholars, and seeks to explore and discuss how the study of surveillance advances sociology as a whole.