Privacy

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 667. Reviews the book, Privacy Chichester, edited by John B. Young (1978). This edited volume has an all-English cast of contributors, for the most part from the University of Southampton, who represent a broad range of social and behavioral sciences. The issue of privacy is looked at primarily from the “invasion of” perspective. The first section will be of major interest to CP readers, as it examines the concept of privacy from philosophical, psychological, and sociological perspectives. Another section examines privacy intrusion from the perspective of various professions such as medicine, law, and business. The book provides a good overview of the topic, and various sections of it should be of interest to selected audiences. Unfortunately, the conceptual analysis of the topic ignores recent theory and research on psychological aspects of privacy, so that the reader will have to rely on other sources for a balanced perspective on the field. Nevertheless, the volume is a good reference item. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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