Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Political Science - 374 pages
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Although contemporary art may sometimes shock us, more alarming are recent attempts to regulate its display. Drawing upon extensive interviews, a broad sampling of media accounts, legal documents and his own observations of important events, sociologist Steven Dubin surveys the recent trend in censorship of the visual arts, photography and film, as well as artistic upstarts such as video and performance art. He examines the dual meaning of arresting images--both the nature of art work which disarms its viewers and the social reaction to it. Arresting Images examines the battles which erupt when artists address such controversial issues as racial polarization, AIDS, gay-bashing and sexual inequality in their work.
 

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Dubin (sociology, SUNY) combines sociological and aesthetic approaches in this survey of major altercations in the ongoing culture wars. He examines cases chiefly from the visual arts and photography ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Politics Of Diversion
12
The Bachelor Stripped Bare
26
Hue And Cry
44
Spiritual Tests
79
Rally Round The Flag
102
The Body As Spectacle
125
Gay Images And The Social Construction Of Acceptability
159
Bearing Witness
197
Twentieth Centurv Puritans and
226
Artists En Garde
249
Angel Or Demon?
278
The Art Of Controversy
294
Notes
313
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About the author (1994)

Steven C. Dubin is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Purchase, where he directs the Social Sciences and the Arts program. He is the author of Bureaucratizing the Muse: Public Funds and the Cultural Worker.

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