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The New Politics of Pornography
     

The New Politics of Pornography

by Donald Alexander Downs, Donald A. Downs
 

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Fresh empirical evidence of pornography's negative effects and the resurgence of feminist and conservative critiques have caused local, state, and federal officials to reassess the pornography issue. In The New Politics of Pornography, Donald Alexander Downs explores the contemporary antipornography movement and addresses difficult questions about the limits

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Fresh empirical evidence of pornography's negative effects and the resurgence of feminist and conservative critiques have caused local, state, and federal officials to reassess the pornography issue. In The New Politics of Pornography, Donald Alexander Downs explores the contemporary antipornography movement and addresses difficult questions about the limits of free speech. Drawing on official transcripts and extensive interviews, Downs recreates and analyzes landmark cases in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. He argues persuasively that both conservative and liberal camps are often characterized by extreme intolerance which hampers open policy debate and may ultimately threaten our modern doctrine of free speech. Downs concludes with a balanced and nuanced discussion of what First Amendment protections pornography should be afforded. This provocative and interdisciplinary work will interest students of political science, women's studies, civil liberties, and constitutional law.

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Downs (political science, U. of Wisconsin) explores the contemporary antipornography movement and addresses difficult questions about the limits of free speech. Drawing on official transcripts and extensive interviews, he recreates and analyzes the debates over anti- pornography ordinances in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. He concludes with a discussion of what First Amendment protections pornography should be afforded. Best is his consideration of feminist theory and its relationship to the issue of pornography. Excellent notes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226161631
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Edition description:
1
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Donald Alexander Downs is associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is the author of Nazis in Skokie: Freedom, Community, and the First Amendment.

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