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Guarding Life's Dark Secrets: Legal and Social Controls Over Reputation, Propriety, and Privacy

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Publisher Comments:

Guarding Life's Dark Secrets tells the story of an intriguing aspect of the social and legal culture in the United States, the construction and destruction of a network of doctrines designed to protect reputation. The strict and unbending rules of decency and propriety of the nineteenth century, especially concerning sexual behavior, paradoxically provided ways to protect and shield respectable men and women who deviated from the official norms. This "Victorian compromise," which created an important zone of privacy, first came under attack from moralists for its tolerance of sin. During the second half of the twentieth century, the old structure was largely dismantled by an increasingly permissive society.

Rich with anecdotes, Friedman's account draws us into the present. The Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution to include a right of privacy, which has given ordinary people increased freedom, especially in matters of sex, reproduction, and choice of intimate partners. The elite, however, no longer have the freedom they once had to violate decency rules with impunity. Although public figures may have lost some of their privacy rights, ordinary people have gained more privacy, greater leeway, and broader choices. These gains, however, are now under threat as technology transforms the modern world into a world of surveillance.

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Friedman (law, Stanford U.) examines the connection between law and reputation and between law and propriety in the US, and how these have changed roughly since the 19th century. He looks at the elements that were part of the definition of propriety and good behavior, that is made up a good reputation, and how the law acted to protect respectable people and their reputations. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This book investigates the elements that have developed as part of the definition of propriety and good behavior, and how the law has acted to protect respectable people and their reputations.

About the Author

Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. His books include Private Lives: Families, Individuals, and the Law (2005), American Law in the Twentieth Century (2004), and Legal Culture in the Age of Globalization (2003).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804757393
Author:
Friedman, Lawrence
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Friedman, Lawrence Meir
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sex and law
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Privacy.
Subject:
Sex and law -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Privacy, Right of -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Law : General
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Business » Business Law
History and Social Science » Law » Constitutional Law
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Law » Privacy

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