Samatas Minas


Ελληνική έκδοση σελίδας

Professor of Political Sociology of the Modern Greek State

University of Crete
Department of Sociology
Gallos Campus
74100 Rethymno Greece
Tel: +302831077488
Fax: +302831077467
e-mail: samatasm at
Office hours: to be announce with the beginning of the teaching classes

Biography and Research Interests

Minas Samatas holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from New School for Social Research, Graduate Faculty, NYC, USA , and a Diploma from the Economic & Political Science Department of Aristotle University of Salonica. PhD Thesis : “Greek Bureaucratism: A system of sociopolitical control” (1986). Currently: Professor in the Sociology  Department, University of Crete, Greece.

Research interests

Political sociology, Greek State & Society, Information Society, Internet (Cyber) Sociology, Surveillance Societies, Post-authoritarian South European Societies, Olympic Games Surveillance, Graduate Sociology Students.

Author of:

  • Surveillance in Greece: From Anticommunist to Consumer Surveillance Pella, N.Y. 2004
  • The Super-Panopticon Scandal of The Athens 2004 Olympics and its Legacy, N.Y. Pella, 2014

Editor of:

  • Facets of New Surveillance: International and Greek approaches, Vivliorama Athens 2010 (in Greek).
  • SURVEILLANCE AND DEMOCRACY, coedited with Kevin Haggerty, Routledge, Oxon UK, 2010.

Selected Publications on Surveillance:

  • “Security and Surveillance in the Athens 2004 Olympics: Some lessons from a troubled story” International Criminal Justice Review, September, 2007 Vol.17(3) pp.:220-238.
  • “From Thought-Control to the Traffic-Control: A comparison of traditional and new surveillance” in Surveillance and Governance: Crime Control and Beyond. Edited by Deflem, Mathieu , Volume 10, Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, Amsterdam: Elsevier 2008, pp.345-369.
  • “The Greek Olympic phone tapping scandal: A defenseless state and a week democracy, in Surveillance and Democracy, edited by Haggerty, K. & M. Samatas, Routledge, 2010, pp. 213-230.
  • “Surveilling the 2004 Athens Olympics in the Aftermath of 9/11: International pressures and domestic implications” In volume Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events, edited by Colin J. Bennett and Kevin D. Haggerty, Routledge, 2011, pp. 55-71.
  • “European ‘Securitization’ policies and the Southern ‘Fortress-Europe” in volume Contested Mediterranean Spaces: Essays in Honor of Charles Tilly edited by Kousis Maria, Selwyn Tom & Clark David Berghahn Books , 2011, pp. 35-54.
  • “Surveillance Legacy, Modernisation and Controversy in Contemporary Greece” στο Crime & Punishment in contemporary Greece: International comparative perspectives, edited by Cheliotis L. K. & Xenakis S. , Peter Lang, Oxford, 2011 pp. 421- 442.
  • “Surveillance in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008: A comparison of the Olympic surveillance modalities and legacies in two different Olympic host regimes” URBAN STUDIES, November 2011.
  • “The SAIC-Siemens ‘super-panopticon’ in the Athens 2004 Olympics as a case of ‘McVeillance’: The surveillance-industrial complex’s unscrupulous global business” in The surveillance-Industrial Complex: A political economy of surveillance, edited by K. Ball and L. Snider, Routledge, 2013, pp 61-77.
  • “Austerity Surveillance” in Greece under the Austerity Regime (2010−2014) Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183-2439) 2015, Volume 3, Issue 3, Pages 68-80 Doi: 10.17645/mac.v3i3.301