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Panoptisism, Mina jag och Maskerna: En studie om teknologisk och direkt övervakning i kontorslandskap
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Panopticism, me, myself and the masks (English)
Abstract [en]

The  purpose of the study was to enhance the understanding of what is affected and eligible technology and the direct supervision of the offices on the basis of the employee's perspective. Where the issues were the following:


What legitimizes the technology and the direct supervision according to the workers?

How does the integrity of the employee's effekt the acceptance of the technology and the direct supervision of the open plan offices? 


To carry out the study, participated twelve workers from two different organizations. The material consisted of previous research, surveillance and privacy as well as two theories. The theories consisted of Michel Foucault's theory of panopticism and Erving Goffman's theory, self in everyday life. The method had a qualitative approach where individual interviews were used as the basis for the results.

The study showed that workers felt the monitoring to be legitimated when it was preceded by acceptable arguments, such as increased security and improved economy. The study showed that the surveillance was accepted easier if the employee had to be involved in the implementation of new monitoring, as well as receive information on the monitoring presence and purpose. The study also showed that workers on the basis of individual perspective, was more difficult to accept especially technological monitoring as it increasingly considered to be a threat to the integrity than the direct monitoring. However, there was a greater acceptance of the direct monitoring based on organizational perspective, because it was considered more important to protect the organization than to protect the individual's privacy. If the individual deviated from the norm it could damage the organization and therefore other workers.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 34 p.
Keyword [sv]
Integritet, övervakning, Panoptisism, kontorslandskap, arbetstagare
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31077OAI: diva2:934858
Subject / course
Work Science
Available from: 2016-06-14 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2016-06-14Bibliographically approved

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