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The Information State in England

The Central Collection of Information on Citizens since 1500



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The Information State in England by Edward Higgs
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"The Information State in England" is a study of the history of the state's surveillance of its citizens. Taking issue with authors such as Michel Foucault and Anthony Giddens, Edward Higgs argues that state information gathering in England over the last 500 years cannot be seen simply in terms of an expansion towards modernity, or as social control. The English state in this period was always an information state, and in its modern form it is as much about winning consent via the provision of benefits as repression of the interests of elites.

Author Biography

EDWARD HIGGS is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Essex.
Release date NZ
November 17th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
XII, 284 p.
Red Globe Press
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