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NCJ Number: 169080 Find in a Library
Title: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law: Employee Drug Testing and the Politics of Social Control
Author(s): J Gilliom
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 181
Sponsoring Agency: University of Michigan Press
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1104
Publication Number: ISBN 0-472-08416-X
Sale Source: University of Michigan Press
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839 Greene Street
P.O. Box 1104
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Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In examining the debate over employee drug testing, this book assesses the nature of employee drug testing as a means of social control and explains the rapid and largely successful implementation of employee drug testing programs in the face of significant opposition.
Abstract: One view of employee drug testing is that it is an innovative means of policing as part of a broader move to move social control policy toward an ideal of total surveillance and total crime prevention. While privacy and autonomy are obvious casualties of such a system, social control policy holds out the possibility of securing almost total compliance with the law in such problematic areas as drug use, welfare administration, and taxation. Another view of employee drug testing is less about testing than about political and legal battles over implementation. Drug testing in the workplace is discussed in relation to surveillance, hegemony, and the law. The social construction of the drug crisis is examined; consent and resistance in a unionized work force are considered; and constitutional issues associated with privacy, due process, and the fourth amendment are explored. Supplemental information on employee drug testing is provided in two appendixes. References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Employee drug testing
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Drug abuse; Drug Policy; Drug testing; Political influences; Right of privacy; Right to Due Process; Social control; Substance abuse in the workplace
Note: DCC. Law, Meaning, and Violence Series
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