Inhabiting the border - A Cultural History of Privacy & Photography

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Inhabiting the border - A Cultural History of Privacy & Photography

Title: Inhabiting the border - A Cultural History of Privacy & Photography
Author: Mönnink, M.I.M.F. de
Issue Date: 2014-12-24
Keywords: Privacy, photography, culture
Abstract: This thesis explores the field of photography and studies its relationship with and its influence on the meaning and interpretation of privacy. The latter has been widely discussed in recent years because of the presumed lack thereof in our contemporary digitalized, globalized and 'free' world. Privacy is considered to be pivotal to our identity and being in this world. In this thesis I will argue that privacy is innately individual and can be considered as a personal desire to protect and demarcate everything that we do not know yet. It is a desire not to be a victim of everything that is happening in the world around oneself. In our contemporary world privacy is increasingly 'rational' and no longer concerned with physical access to something or somebody. Photography has the ambiguous task to lay bare the things we do not already know, and to be the threat to our privacy.
Supervisor: Visser, Anthonya
Faculty: Faculty of HumanitiesResearch master thesis
Department: Literary Studies (Research master)
Specialisation: literary studies
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/31514
 

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