Lawsuits: The American Women Who Forged a Right to Privacy

Lawsuits: The American Women Who Forged a Right to Privacy

Yale University Press

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A compelling account of how women shaped the common law right to privacy during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Drawing on a wealth of original research, Jessica Lake documents how the advent of photography and cinema drove women—whose images were being taken and circulated without their consent—to court. There they championed the creation of new laws and laid the groundwork for America’s commitment to privacy. Vivid and engagingly written, this powerful work will draw scholars and students from a range of fields, including law, women’s history, the history of photography, and cinema and media studies.

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Jessica Lake is a lecturer in law at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia and for 2016 to 2017 will be the Karl Lowenstein Fellow in Political Science and Jurisprudence at Amherst College, Massachusetts.

Pub Date: 2016
Format: Hardback
Pages: 306 
Size: 8.75 x 5.75 inches


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