Privacy for Whom? research Note

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in February 2018

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An article published by The New Inquiry discussing two books that look at privacy and class in the United States.


Sam Adler-Bell writes for The New Inquiry: > For Snowden, privacy is the “fountainhead” of all rights. Without a “quiet space, a space within yourself” beyond the reach of the state, free and democratic engagement is impossible. > There is utility in this discourse. It broadens the potential constituency for reform. But it also obscures the topography of power, eliding the sorts of privacy invasions that are regularly experienced by the poor, the brown, the marginal. For the underclasses, privacy—in the form of access to ungovernable spaces—has never been on offer.

The two books he discusses are: * Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. St. Martin’s Press, 2017. 265 pages. Via Google Books * Khiara M. Bridges, The Poverty of Privacy Rights. Stanford University Press, 2017. 296 pages. Via Google Books

Another related book he mentions is: * Jen Manion, Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 296 pages. Via Google Books