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Anatomy of Censorship : Why the Censors Have it Wrong - Professor Harry White

Anatomy of Censorship

Why the Censors Have it Wrong

Hardcover Published: 24th June 1997
ISBN: 9780761807018
Number Of Pages: 140

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Bringing together diverse disciplines such as literary and legal history, modern psychology and contemporary feminism, Anatomy of Censorship sorts out the many confusing explanations and often misleading justifications for censorship to reveal the underlying conditions and motivations that lead to the suppression of various forms of communication. It explains why censors are notoriously incapable of identifying what defines obscene, immoral or illicit expression and how they actually profit from this failure on their part. It shows how censors ultimately aim not to define expression, but people: how they use censorship to stigmatize classes of people as more prone to corruption and depravity, and how they thereby seek to protect the authority of the few rather than, as they falsely claim, the morality of the many. Above all, it offers a timely critique of the most seductive and bogus justification for censorship: that expression has the capacity to cause actual harm. It shows how the law and the censor conspire to foster this unsupported fabrication in the face of overwhelming evidence that no causal link between expression and harm has ever been discovered.

The Problem of Definitionp. 1
A Matter of Classp. 21
Mass Communicationp. 29
The Question of Harm and the Evidence for Itp. 41
Why Opinions Are Censoredp. 101
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ISBN: 9780761807018
ISBN-10: 0761807012
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 24th June 1997
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.28 x 14.55  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.32