Entrapped by the 'electronic panopticon'? worker resistance in the call centre

P.M. Bain, P. Taylor

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This article presents a thoroughgoing critique of Fernie and Metcalf's perspective, that the call centre is characterised by the operation of an 'electronic panopticon' in which supervisory power has been 'rendered perfect'. Drawing on evidence from a telecommunications call centre the authors analyse the significance of emerging forms of employee resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-18
Number of pages16
JournalNew Technology, Work and Employment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000


  • electronic panopticon
  • worker resistance
  • call centre
  • human resource management


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