16 October 2007

On Privacy

My former student Peter Stone mentioned to me this past weekend that my friend and former colleague, the very smart and wonderful Annabelle Lever, has a book forthcoming in the impressive "Thinking in Action" series published by Routledge. The book, On Privacy, should be terrific. And the cover suggests why it especially apropos for me to offer a pitch for it here. It is due out in early December - you should pick up a copy.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you make of that cover? If you didn't know the writer, I'd say it's not particularly encouraging.

16 October, 2007 20:07  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Well, I have not actually read the book since it is not out yet. However, here is the blurb from the Routledge site: "From celebrity-snapping paparazzi to workplace surveillance, privacy is a very public issue. In this volume, Annabelle Lever examines privacy from all perspectives, and shows how the very concept of privacy is far more complex than at first it seems.

Arguing that the central question is whether privacy is sufficiently important to be considered a legal right, Lever examines the problems of defining privacy before considering the threats privacy can pose to freedom, equality and social solidarity. She looks at the way protection of privacy - through anonymity and confidentiality - can promote freedom of expression, and identifies three areas where protection of privacy is particularly controversial: the family (particularly issues of sex and sexuality), the workplace and government.

Drawing on government reports and legal decisions from the US and around the world, as well as anthropological, philosophical and political literature from a variety of perspectives, On Privacy asks if privacy is an entitlement that protects us from oppression and exploitation, or whether we are too quick to overlook its costs in the concealment of irresponsible and dangerous behavior."

16 October, 2007 22:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when does a hardbound 256-page book cost $90? And the same book -- with the same page count -- in paperback costs only $17.95?

Just wondering....

17 October, 2007 08:58  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

I noticed the pricetag too. The publisher is likely assuming that only Libraries will buy yhe hardback. So they are exploiting that. The response fomr libraries is to cut or limit their acquisitions. Obviously, buy the paperback!

17 October, 2007 09:25  

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