Private Affairs: Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social Relations

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NYU Press, Jun 1, 1999 - Law - 189 pages
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In Private Affairs, Phillip Brian Harper explores the social and cultural significance of the private, proposing that, far from a universal right, privacy is limited by one's racial-and sexual-minority status. Ranging across cinema, literature, sculpture, and lived encounters-from Rodin's The Kiss to Jenny Livingston's Paris is Burning-Private Affairs demonstrates how the very concept of privacy creates personal and sociopolitical hierarchies in contemporary America.

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Phillip Brian Harper is Professor of American Studies and English at New York University, and author of Are We Not Men? and Framing the Margins.

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