Publicness bibliography

A few of you asked for my bibliography of sources for my research on publicness. Here are some key books so far (I don’t mean to show off with the German entries; I’ll be lucky if I can dig into them but I hope to try). Dates (usually) refer to first publication. This does not include many newspaper articles (many great ones from the NYTimes at the turn of the last century), blog posts, and online essays.

Arendt, Hannah; The Human Condition; Chicago; 1958

Benkler, Yochai; The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom; Yale; 2006

Bok, Sissela, Secrets: On the ethics of concealment and revelation; Vintage; 1983

Brin, David; The Transparent Society; Basic Books; 1998

Calhoun, Craig; Habermas and the Public Sphere; MIT; 1992

Cayley, David; The Origins of the Modern Public, a series of CBC Radio’s Ideas; 2010.

Cowan, Brian; The Social Life of Coffee: The emergence of the British coffeehouse; Yale; 2005

Febvre, Lucien and Martin, Henri-Jean Martin; The Coming of the Book: The impact of printing, 1450-1800; Verso; 2010 (third edition)

Franzen, Jonathan; How to be Alone; Picador; 2002

Girouard, Mark; Life in the English Country House; Yale; 1978

Gould, Emily; And the Heart Says Whatever; Free Press; 2010

Habermas, Jürgen; The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An inquiry into a category of bourgeois society; MIT; 1989 (originally published as Strukturwandel der Öffentllichkeit, 1962)

Habermas, Jürgen; Political Communication in Media Society: Does Democracy Still Enjoy an Epistemic Dimension? The Impact of Normative Theory on Empirical Research; Communication Theory 16, 2006

Jackaway, Gwenyth L.; Media at War: Radio’s challenge to the newspapers, 1924-1939; Praeger; 1995

Kirkpatrick, David; The Facebook Effect: The inside story of the company that is connecting the world; Simon & Schuster; 2010

Lane, Frederick S., American Privacy: The 400-year history of our most contested right; Beacon; 2009

McKeon, Michael; The Secret History of Domesticity; Johns Hopkins; 2005

Mills, C. Wright; The Sociological Imagination; Oxford

Münker, Stefan; Emergenze Digitaler Öffentlichkeiten: Die sozialen median im web 2.0; Suhrkamp; 2009

Munson, Eve Stryker, ed.; James Carey: A critical reader; University of Minn.; 1997

Nissenbaum, Helen; Privacy in Context: Technology, policy, and the integrity of social life; Stanford Law Books; 2010

Postman, Neil; Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public discourse in the age of show business; Penguin; 2005 (20th anniversary edition)

Potter, Andrew; The Authenticity Hoax: How we get lost finding ourselves; Harper; 2010

Prosser, William L.; Privacy; California Law Review, August 1960

Rosen, Jay; What Are Journalists For?; Yale; 1999

Scharr, Peter; Das Ende der Privatsphäre; Goldmann; 2007

Sennett, Richard; The Fall of Public Man; Norton; 1974

Shirky, Clay; Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and generosity in a connected age; Penguin; 2010

Simons, Martin; Von Zauber des Privaten: Was wir verlieren, wenn wir alles offenbaren; Campus; 2009

Solove, Daniel J.; Understanding Privacy; Harvard; 2008

Spacks, Patricia Meyer; Privacy: Concealing the eighteenth-century self; Chicago; 2003 (A surprising gem)

Starr, Paul; The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications; Basic Books; 2004

Vaidhyanathan, Siva; Naked in the ‘Nonopticon’; The Chronicle of Higher Education; February 15, 2008

Veyne, Paul ed.; A History of Private Life (five volumes); Belknap Harvard; 1987

Warner, Michael; Publics and Counterpublics; Zone Books; 2002

Warren and Brandeis, The Right to Privacy, Harvard Law Review, December 15, 1890

Westin, Alan F.; Privacy and Freedom; Atheneum; 1967

Wilson, Bronwen and Yachnin, Paul; Making Publics in Early Modern Europe: People, things, forms of knowledge; Routledge; 2010 (affiliated with the Making Publics project

  • Non+’d

    Whaaat? No Amazon links? For shame!

    • Too much work. Use search. Besides, many of them are out of print.

      • Jon

        Yes, too much work, thanks for list.

  • Colin


    I know this isn’t entirely related to publicness, but I was reading CNN when I came upon this jewel, and thought of you. I would be very interested to see how his sales for his new album do as compared to others who embrace iTunes and other atom-free content providers. Moreover, I’m just amazed he could publicly state that the internet is dead when it is the internet that has clearly put a great portion of the music industry into an early (and not undeserved) grave.

  • Emile Durkheim’s studies on anomie may give you some inspiration.

    In “The Division of Labour in Society” he wrote about the transition from “primitive” to “advanced” industrial society and its consequences: technical and economical progress occurs faster than changes in adequate social norms. This gap creates a space where major disorder, crisis or anomie may occur.

    In “Suicide” he introduced a new type of suicide: anomic suicide, the one which happens when an individual’s social environment disintegrates. In such circumstances an individual commits suicide since the lack of feeling of belonging makes it harder to cope.

    In both cases the point is: progress is leaving social norms behind. It means that individuals find themselves in a situation where no directions on how to behave are provided. Individuals have to improvise which may lead to a creation of new values and norms, or to a major crisis.

    IMHO that’s the case with privacy now. The net is providing new possibilities of how to behave, how to present one’s own personality, how to manage one’s own data, etc., but there’s no social norms of what’s allowed, and what’s not, what’s alright, and what’s wrong, what makes sense and what does not.

    In this perspective the thing that needs to be done is: to fill the gap between the opportunities the web gives us and the social norms our societies provide us in these new circumstances.

    (This perspective is also useful in understanding what’s going on in the internet. A lot (but not all of them, I guess) of those bizarre things you can find on the web are great exemplifications of the state of anomie. People know that they can do a lot of new things, but the society gives them no clues about the right/desirable directions of their actions.)

    • Great and helpful comment and I think your analysis is quite right. Thanks!

  • digs

    I think Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism, ought to be here.

  • Siva Vaidhyanathan

    Some suggestions. Of these, Nissenbaum is the most important:

    • Fraser, Nancy. 1990. Rethinking the public sphere: a contribution to the critique of actually existing democracy. Working papers (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center for Twentieth Century Studies) ; No. 10. Milwaukee, WI: Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center for Twentieth Century Studies.

    • Kerr, Ian, Valerie M. Steeves, and Carole Lucock. 2009. Lessons from the identity trail: anonymity, privacy, and identity in a networked society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    • Landes, Joan B. 1998. Feminism, the public and the private. Oxford readings in feminism. New York: Oxford University Press.

    • Nissenbaum, Helen Fay. 2010. Privacy in context: technology, policy, and the integrity of social life. Stanford, Calif: Stanford Law Books.

    • Patterson Orlando. 1985. Slavery & social death: a comparative study. [S.l.]: Harvard Univ Press.

    • Weintraub, Jeff Alan, and Krishan Kumar. 1997. Public and private in thought and practice: perspectives on a grand dichotomy. Morality and society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    • Solove, Daniel J. 2007. The future of reputation: gossip, rumor, and privacy on the Internet. New Haven: Yale University Press.

    • Vaidhyanathan, Siva. 2011. The Googlization of everything: (and why we should worry). Berkeley: University of California Press.

    • Zimmer, Michael T. 2007. The quest for the perfect search engine values, technical design, and the flow of personal information in spheres of mobility. Thesis (Ph. D.)–New York University, 2007.

    • When is your book (finally) out? Baited breath, we all have.

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