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Eavesdropping - CCTV in schools

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 15 September 2010

From Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' to Facebook and Twitter, from Soviet Spies to Parisian cafes, eavesdropping is a universal phenomenon. John Locke, who has provided the first serious and systematic study of the behaviour, tells Laurie that it is a practice which extends into the animal kingdom and brings advantages to birds and chimpanzees. An attempt to understand the lives of others can help one live better oneself but despite the fact that it has shaped human history and culture, listening in to what others are saying continues to have a very bad name.
Also on the programme Emmeline Taylor presents her research on CCTV in schools and the impact on privacy.
Producer: Chris Wilson.

  • Dr Emmeline Taylor

    Criminology Researcher formerly at the Centre for Social Research at the University of Salford

    'I Spy With My Little Eye: Exploring the Use of Surveillance and CCTV in Schools’
    by Emmeline Taylor
    The Sociological Review
    Volume 58, Issue 3, pages 381–405, August 2010
    Article first published online: 20 JUL 2010
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2010.01930.x

    Abstract: ‘I Spy With My Little Eye: Exploring the Use of Surveillance and CCTV in Schools’
  • Dr John L. Locke

    Professor of Linguistics; speech-language-hearing sciences at Lehman College City University of New York

    Eavesdropping: an intimate history
    Publisher: OUP Oxford
    ISBN-10: 0199236135
    ISBN-13: 978-0199236138

    Find out more about John L. Locke
  • John Mullan

    Professor of Literature at University College, London

    Find out more about John Mullan



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