Why Privacy Isn't Everything (Feminist Constructions): Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability / Edition 1

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Accountability protects public health and safety, facilitates law enforcement, and enhances national security, but it is much more than a bureaucratic concern for corporations, public administrators, and the criminal justice system. In Why Privacy Isn't Everything, Anita L. Allen provides a highly original treatment of neglected issues affecting the intimacies of everyday life, and freshly examines how a preeminent liberal society accommodates the competing demands of vital privacy and vital accountability for personal matters. Thus, 'None of your business!' is at times the wrong thing to say, as much of what appears to be self-regarding conduct has implications for others that should have some bearing on how a person chooses to act. The book addresses such questions as, What does it mean to be accountable for conduct? For what personal matters am I accountable, and to whom? Allen concludes that the sticky webs of accountability that encase ordinary life are flexible enough to accommodate egalitarian moral, legal and social practices that are highly consistent with contemporary feminist reconstructions of liberalism.

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Editorial Reviews

The text offers a number of convincing case studies, ranging from political matters to Allen's own personal experiences. This highly readable book is at times provocative and always critical. Recommended.
Philosophy in Review
This book is a welcome introducation to accountability for private life.
Julie Inness
Professor Allen's major new book offers an impressive and compelling analysis of the controversial link between privacy and personal accountability. Whether arguing for accountability with regards to sex, drugs, or the family, Allen's work is essential reading for a wide audience.
Gary T. Marx
A wise, warm, and courageous meditation on the complex issues of privacy and accountability, overflowing with rich examples ordered within a systematic framework. If I was stranded on a desert island and could only take one book to contemplate contemporary issues of privacy and community this would be it!
Jean Cohen
Allen's courageous book fills a gap in the philosophical and legal literature and its controversial conclusions will surely be widely discussed.
The text offers a number of convincing case studies, ranging from political matters to Allen's own personal experiences. This highly readable book is at times provocative and always critical. Recommended.
Amitai Etzioni
Whether Professor Allen is writing about inter-racial marriages, presidential adultery, or personal privacy, she always writes with great insight and originality. A true joy.
January 2008 Ethics
Why Privacy Isn't Everything is a highly readable book, fulll of interesting and illuminating observations....[It] is an original, eye-opening, paradigm-shifting work on liberal culture's complex views about the privacy of, and accountability to others for, one's personal life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742514096
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Series: Feminist Constructions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita L. Allen is professor of law and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Accountability in Theory and Practice Chapter 3 Accountability to Family and Race Chapter 4 Accountability for Health Chapter 5 Accountability for Sex

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