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A Manifesto
Wolfgang Sofsky

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"In this spirited, if at times a little too generalised, defence of privacy, Sofsky rages against not only governmental and technological surveillance but also against the slackness of average citizens who have allowed, and even welcomed, this invasion of their souls."--Fiona Capp, The Age

"Most accept the watching. Wolfgang Sofsky does not. . . . We have allowed our privacy to be sacrificed to spurious promises of security and bureaucratic efficiency. Privacy, he argues in Privacy: A Manifesto, is the individual's fortress. It is an area free of domination, the only one under the individual's control."--Jock Given, Australian Literary Review

"Sofksy's clear and precise language which shows the reader the issues concerning privacy forcefully. But above all, Sofsky's fundamental argumentation, starting from the body of an individual, is a valuable contribution to the discussion concerning the relationship between privacy and surveillance. It can serve as a stable fundament for discussions concerning the value of privacy which often only fall back on legal rules and their interpretation."--Georg Koppen, Metapsychology Online Reviews

"The integrity of our personal lives has been so thoroughly compromised we hardly know what's public and what's private any more, what's important and what's not. Dazed by stimuli, we are immobilised in our decision-making. Sofsky, a German sociologist, calls for us to resist and reassert the powers of independent thought."--Miriam Cosic, Australian

"The chief achievement of this book is to explain why privacy matters. . . . Privacy: A Manifesto is as fine a defence of individual autonomy as you will find. You feel that Sofsky is not merely defending the idea of individual autonomy but has absorbed it as an ethic into his very bones."--Josie Appleton, Spiked Review of Books


"Writing in a readable and fluid style, Wolfgang Sofsky shows just how important privacy is to modern life and, at the same time, just how endangered privacy has become. A reminder that to defend privacy is to defend democracy, individualism, and the good life, this book will interest anyone who has ever felt uneasy about how much governments and corporations know about us."--Hans-Peter Müller, Humboldt University, Berlin

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