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An updated edition of the highly praised primer on censorship, art, and popular culture, from the founding director of the Arts Censorship Project of the ACLU.

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An updated edition of the highly praised primer on censorship, art, and popular culture, from the founding director of the Arts Censorship Project of the ACLU.

Synopsis:

Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy is a lively, lucid primer on censorship, art, and popular culture. It is also the product of several years on the front lines of the culture wars it describes. In this book, Marjorie Heins, founding director of the Arts Censorship Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, uses her considerable expertise to help provide a sensible, coherent account of some of the most hotly contested issues of the 1990s. For all the recent talk about censorship, until now there has been no comprehensive summary of either the legal underpinnings of the assaults on free expression or their social implications. Which laws do self-styled "censors" rely on? How are record labeling, movie ratings, and attacks on museums related? How can a concerned citizen make sense of genuinely confusing issues that seem to pit the rights of taxpayers against those of artists? Using examples from current and historic court cases and public debates, Heins reveals the strategies used by prosecutors and special interest groups, and explains why efforts to suppress artistic expression on painful or offensive subjects won't help solve the problems that beset society today. No other book offers such an accessible summary or such keen insights into America's struggle over free expression.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565840485
Subtitle:
A Guide to America's Censorship Wars
Author:
Heins, Marjorie
Publisher:
New Press, The
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
International
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Law Enforcement
Subject:
Current world affairs
Subject:
Censorship
Subject:
Sex in art
Subject:
Censorship -- United States.
Subject:
Law : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 1053
Publication Date:
19930801
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.4 in 10 lb

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"Synopsis" by , An updated edition of the highly praised primer on censorship, art, and popular culture, from the founding director of the Arts Censorship Project of the ACLU.
"Synopsis" by , Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy is a lively, lucid primer on censorship, art, and popular culture. It is also the product of several years on the front lines of the culture wars it describes. In this book, Marjorie Heins, founding director of the Arts Censorship Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, uses her considerable expertise to help provide a sensible, coherent account of some of the most hotly contested issues of the 1990s. For all the recent talk about censorship, until now there has been no comprehensive summary of either the legal underpinnings of the assaults on free expression or their social implications. Which laws do self-styled "censors" rely on? How are record labeling, movie ratings, and attacks on museums related? How can a concerned citizen make sense of genuinely confusing issues that seem to pit the rights of taxpayers against those of artists? Using examples from current and historic court cases and public debates, Heins reveals the strategies used by prosecutors and special interest groups, and explains why efforts to suppress artistic expression on painful or offensive subjects won't help solve the problems that beset society today. No other book offers such an accessible summary or such keen insights into America's struggle over free expression.
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