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The known citizen : a history of privacy in modern America

Author: Sarah E Igo
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2020. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press Press paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Every day, Americans make decisions about their privacy: what to share and when, how much to expose and to whom. Securing the boundary between one's private affairs and public identity has become a central task of citizenship. How did privacy come to loom so large in American life? Sarah Igo tracks this elusive social value across the twentieth century, as individuals questioned how they would, and should, be known  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah E Igo
ISBN: 0674244796 9780674244795
OCLC Number: 1111377193
Awards: Winner of Merle Curti Award 2019
Winner of Jacques Barzun Prize 2019 (United States)
Winner of Ralph Waldo Emerson Award 2019 (United States)
Description: 569 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Sarah E. Igo.

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"Every day, Americans make decisions about their privacy: what to share and when, how much to expose and to whom. Securing the boundary between one's private affairs and public identity has become a central task of citizenship. How did privacy come to loom so large in American life? Sarah Igo tracks this elusive social value across the twentieth century, as individuals questioned how they would, and should, be known by their own society. Privacy was not always a matter of public import. But beginning in the late nineteenth century, as corporate industry, social institutions, and the federal government swelled, increasing numbers of citizens believed their privacy to be endangered. Popular journalism and communication technologies, welfare bureaucracies and police tactics, market research and workplace testing, scientific inquiry and computer data banks, tell-all memoirs and social media all propelled privacy to the foreground of U.S. culture. Jurists and philosophers but also ordinary people weighed the perils, the possibilities, and the promise of being known. In the process, they redrew the borders of contemporary selfhood and citizenship. The Known Citizen reveals how privacy became the indispensable language for monitoring the ever-shifting line between our personal and social selves. Igo's sweeping history, from the era of "instantaneous photography" to the age of big data, uncovers the surprising ways that debates over what should be kept out of the public eye have shaped U.S. politics and society. It offers the first wide-angle view of privacy as it has been lived and imagined by modern Americans."--Publisher's website

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Masterful (and timely)...Privacy is clearly a protean concept, and Igo deftly reviews the definitions that scholars have offered in their efforts to cage its elusive essence. She judges these Read more...

 
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