David Beer, The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception is now published. This is the latest book in the Sage Society and Space book series, which I edit.
A significant new way of understanding contemporary capitalism is to understand the intensification and spread of data analytics. This text is about the powerful promises and visions that have led to the expansion of data analytics and data-led forms of social ordering.
It is centrally concerned with examining the types of knowledge associated with data analytics and shows that how these analytics are envisioned is central to the emergence and prominence of data at various scales of social life. This text aims to understand the powerful role of the data analytics industry and how this industry facilitates the spread and intensification of data-led processes. As such, The Data Gaze is concerned with understanding how data-led, data-driven and data-reliant forms of capitalism pervade organisational and everyday life.
Using a clear theoretical approach derived from Foucault and critical data studies the text develops the concept of the data gaze and shows how powerful and persuasive it is. It’s an essential and subversive guide to data analytics and data capitalism.
More details on the series can be found here. Previously published titles are
Marcus Doel, Geographies of Violence: Killing Space, Killing Time
Francisco Klauser, Surveillance and Space
Forthcoming volumes include (titles provisional)
Ross Exo Adams, Circulation and Urbanization
Shiloh Krupar and Greig Crysler, The Waste Complex: Capital \ Ecology \ Citizenship
Martina Tazzioli, Migrant Multiplicities and Singularities
Kirsten Simonsen and Lasse Koefoed, Geographies of Embodiment
If you’d like to discuss an idea for the series, please get in contact. While the books are not textbooks, they do need to be suitable for teaching, with a good possibility of adoption. Here’s the series description:
The Society and Space series explores the fascinating relationship between the spatial and the social. Each title draws on a range of modern and historical theories to offer important insights into the key cultural and political topics of our times, including migration, globalisation, race, gender, sexuality and technology. These stimulating and provocative books combine high intellectual standards with contemporary appeal for students of politics, international relations, sociology, philosophy, and human geography.