In exploring a series of problems associated with privacy and the First Amendment, Bloustein defines individual and group privacy, distinguishing them from each other and related concepts. He also identifies the public interest in individual privacy as individual integrity or liberty, and that of group privacy as the integrity of social structure. The legal protection afforded each of these forms of privacy is illustrated at length, as is the clash between them and the constitutional guarantees of the First Amendment and the citizen's general right to know. In his final essay, Bloustein insists that the concept of group privacy is essential to a properly functioning social structure, and warns that it would be disastrous if this principle were neglected as part of an overreaction to the misuse of group confidences that characterized the Nixon era.
Edward J. Bloustein (1925-1989) was president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey from 1971 until his death in 1989, where he also served as professor of law and philosophy. Bloustein was also a professor of law at New York University. Nathaniel J. Pallone, who served in the Bloustein administration, is University Distinguished Professor (Psychology), Center for Alcohol Studies, at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey. He is the author of Criminal Behavior as well as a number of other books in the area of criminology, many of them published by Transaction.
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