Freedom and Taboo: Pornography and the Politics of a Self Divided

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University of California Press, Aug 1, 1992 - Philosophy - 340 pages
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Richard Randall reinterprets pornography both as a part of the human psyche and a public policy issue. He explores the pornographic imagination in art and literature, offers a wide-ranging assessment of major empirical findings on the effects of pornography, and draws on historical and anthropological data to show how social rules and institutions have mirrored the ambivalence we feel toward sexual expression. Freedom and Taboo argues that pornography is likely to be a major, continuing public issue for democratic society.
 

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Contents

The Social Mirror
37
The Pornographic Imagination
67
Cause and Effect
90
Pornography and the Social Order
119
Liberal Society Illiberal Majority
142
The Communications Environment
183
Pornography and Law
227
Between Libertarian and Censor
255
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