Right To Privacy

Overview

The Right to Privacy: Rights and Liberties under the LaW measures the impact of what Louis Brandeis called, "The most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by civilized man." As the book shows, an individual's right to privacy is not a written-in-stone concept, but one that emerged from the "shadows" of a number of amendments and court decisions. The book traces that concept to its philosophical and common law roots, then looks at how privacy rights have been interpreted, ...

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Overview

The Right to Privacy: Rights and Liberties under the LaW measures the impact of what Louis Brandeis called, "The most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by civilized man." As the book shows, an individual's right to privacy is not a written-in-stone concept, but one that emerged from the "shadows" of a number of amendments and court decisions. The book traces that concept to its philosophical and common law roots, then looks at how privacy rights have been interpreted, expanded, and sometimes curtailed throughout the 20th century.

It concludes with a review of privacy rights today, examining landmark recent cases involving euthanasia, polygamy, reproductive rights for inmates, same-sex unions, adoption by gays and lesbians, the right to withhold personal information, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This brilliantly written and eminently readable introduction to the right of privacy as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution is written for upper-level high school and college students; however, its scholarly and well-balanced research penned in both legal terminology and everyday English translation make it a suitable vehicle for all but the most advanced students of the topic…strongly recommended for all high school libraries, undergraduate college libraries, and all but the smallest public libraries."

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American Reference Books Annual

"Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576077160
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/13/2003
  • Series: America's Freedoms Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Prologue
1 Introduction 1
2 Origins 15
3 Twentieth-Century Issues 61
4 The Twenty-first Century 147
5 Key People, Cases, and Events 223
6 Documents 291
Chronology 353
Table of Cases 359
Annotated Bibliography 365
Index 381
About the Author 399
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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Lots of interesting facts - writing is weak

    The Right to Privacy: Rights and Liberty under the Law is a loosley linked collection of privacy case law. The chronology and annotated bibliography were more informative than the text, which was written in a style not appropriate to the reader.

    The author does not seem to know his audience, for example he defines the term common law on page 11. Anyone who sets out to read a privacy text likely knows the difference between torte law and common law.

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