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The Poverty of Privacy Rights

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The Poverty of Privacy Rights makes a simple, controversial argument: Poor mothers in America have been deprived of the right to privacy. The U.S. Constitution is supposed to bestow rights equally. Yet the poor are subject to invasions of privacy that can be perceived as gross demonstrations of governmental power without limits. Courts have routinely upheld the constitutio ...more
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Published June 27th 2017 by Stanford Law Books
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Khiara Bridges' earlier book, Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization, is a favorite. This new book's thesis is that "... poor mothers have been deprived of effective ... or actual ... privacy rights because the moral construction of poverty counsels that privacy rights will not yield the values that they are designed to generate when poor mothers bear them." If you are not interested in the legal theory behind the thesis, you could read just the first chapter a ...more
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I picked up Khiara M. Bridges’ The Poverty of Privacy Rights after seeing it mentioned in an article on state surveillance of the poor in the United States, an issue that I have grown increasingly interested in over my last year of service. Bridges, a professor of law and anthropology, draws on case law and ethnographic accounts to argue that poor mothers’ rights to privacy have been systematically denied - or have in fact never existed in this country.



State intervention abounds in the lives of
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Anne
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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As a casual reader, this was a struggle to get through. The text is dense, academic, and legalistic. The repeated focus on the "moderate" vs "strong" argument felt pedantic, and frankly some of Bridges' arguments weren't convincing. For example, in chapter 2 she argues (quite convincingly) that the poor are more visible and more observed by the state (because they use more public resources, have smaller private spaces and so spend more time in public, and so on) - but then in Chapter 3 she spend ...more
Claire
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I mean, it's NOT "ok" that so many hardworking women have been deprived of their rights!

However, I found Khiara M. Bridges' book on Privacy Rights okay. I have been working on it for three days.

This book made me skittish about having an iPhone or even keeping my computer on for too long, which I admit IS completely irrational, and probably a function of it being much too late at night in my time zone, -5 GMT. (I stayed up extra late tonight to finish it but ultimately decided it wasn't worth it
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Michelle
A powerful treatise on the ways in which poverty strips the right to privacy from mothers.
Liz
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really important, if dense, work on the structural, legal and cultural forces that deprive poor mothers of privacy rights.
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Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really thought provoking and excellent!
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