"Weaving together history, literature, and psychology, Janna Smith explores the issues surrounding privacy with such stunning clarity and brilliant insight that one is left almost breathless. The stories she tells are unforgettable, as is the elegant language that illuminates every page."Vom Verlag:
Today we enjoy more privacy than ever before, yet the encroachment of the media, computer data gathering, and electronic surveillance in our lives undermines our sense that we have privacy at all. Although privacy is essential to our capacity to love and create and think, it can be used for the wrong reasons. The same condition that sustains intimacy, creativity, and freedom can also be invoked as an abusive kind of secrecy. In Private Matters, Janna Malamud Smith explores this paradox through various prisms: the bedroom, the psychiatrist's couch, the biography, the presidency, the media, women and their bodies, and post9/11 policy. More pertinent than ever before, this modern history of privacy offers important insights into the role of this increasingly elusive and fragile virtue. "
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