Transparency’s Trap: Problems of an Unquestioned Norm

In Stefan Berger & Dimitrij Owetschkin (eds.), Contested Transparencies, Social Movements and the Public Sphere: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. Springer Verlag. pp. 35-54 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Starting with the observation that transparency has become a concept so familiar that one hardly ever stops to consider the presuppositions and consequences of its usage, the chapter analyses transparency demands as a specific way of exercising power. By doing so, the author shows that the intrinsic logic of transparency leads to paradoxical effects. Any attempts to realize complete transparency undermine its own preconditions. As Vogelmann argues, instead of providing more visibility and clarity, transparency makes its objects “invisible” and the intensification of transparency demands produces self-censorship. The chapter concludes that transparency claims undermine the distinction between the private and the public and threaten the individual autonomy.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 93,642

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles


Added to PP

9 (#449,242)

6 months
20 (#753,917)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Frieder Vogelmann
University of Freiburg

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references