Faculty Book: John L. Locke

John L. Locke

Eavesdropping: An Intimate History
(Oxford University Press, 2010)

Eavesdropping. The very word both excites and repels, making us want to lean forward and pull away. Yet, as John Locke explains, eavesdropping is as natural an activity as social interaction itself, and an essential thread in the fabric of society, with roots in nature and antiquity, in biology and in culture. Locke’s entertaining and alluring, yet sometimes disturbing account explores everything from sixteenth-century voyeurism to Hitchcock’s Rear Window; from chimpanzee behavior to Parisian cafĂ© society; from private eyes to Facebook and Twitter. He uncovers the biological drive behind the behavior, the role of its partner “gossip,” and the social consequences of this powerful yet elusive duo across history and cultures. In the age of CCTV, phone tapping, and computer hacking, this is important and compelling reading. John L. Locke (Prof., Lehman) is on the doctoral faculty in speech–language–hearing sciences.

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Submitted on: JUL 29, 2010

Category: Faculty Books, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences