A Liberal Communitarian Conception of Privacy

The John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, Vol. XXIX, No. 3

45 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2013 Last revised: 26 Nov 2013

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In a large and complex society, anti-social behavior cannot be restrained by government intervention alone — without it becoming a police state. Informal social controls are necessary to keep deviance from societal norms and values at a socially acceptable level, and one of the levers of this social pressure is the observation of and reaction to the personal conduct of members of one’s community. This article argues that in several areas of contemporary American life decreasing privacy by strengthening informal social controls will lessen the need for state surveillance and regulation, which tends to be act with a heavier hand and is more invasive than its informal counterpart.

Keywords: privacy, communitarianism

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, A Liberal Communitarian Conception of Privacy (2012). The John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, Vol. XXIX, No. 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2292092

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

The George Washington University ( email )

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Washington, DC 20037
United States

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