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Revealing Privacy

Debating the Understandings of Privacy

Edited By Margherita Carucci

This volume explores and discusses how privacy is understood today. What is privacy? What strategies are used to achieve or to protect the individual’s privacy? How are our conceptions of privacy evolved throughout times and cultures? Given the multidimensional character of privacy, the book analyses the variety and complexity of its meanings by adopting a cross-disciplinary position. The contributions collected here approach the topic from a multiplicity of perspectives and with the support of modern critical theories in sociology, anthropology, philosophy, visual art, and media. In discussing the main questions raised by the privacy issue, the essays reveal the multifaceted aspects of human experience, which cannot be easily explored within a single framework for interpretation. This book gives the reader the opportunity to explore some of these aspects and to learn more about privacy – how important it is to us and how much we will miss it if it is neglected – and ultimately more about ourselves.

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Sociological and philosophical insight into privacy inpostmodern cities: Karol Kurnicki and Katarzyna Salamon

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Sociological and philosophical insight into privacy in postmodern cities Karol Kurnicki and Katarzyna Salamon Abstract The article gives historical and philosophical insight into privacy as a deep way of under- standing this phenomenon in postmodern times. By combining philosophical and sociological approaches we intend to show how privacy could be seen as one of the central issues of changing postmodern urban life. The paper focuses on the basic relationship in which the problem of privacy is entangled. We examine the issue of privacy in the context of relations present in contemporary cities and urban environment. The postmodern city might serve as a prime example of a social and physical space in which different processes concerning the in- dividual and the society result in new forms of privacy. Changing social space of today’s ur- ban environment forces us to rethink the individual and the private space which is being nego- tiated by all of us in relation not only with the other, but also with the new urban environment (saturated with new media, intertextual, commodified, etc.). Changes and negotiations are di- rectly connected with the concept of postmodern identity, which in turn relates to the histori- cal understanding of privacy in philosophy. In the urban space there has been always a ‘battle’ between what is private and what is public, since privacy and the public sphere have been defined in various ways. In a postmodern urban reality there seems to be no boundary between the private and the public spheres of...

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