The Regulation of Sex-Themed Visual Imagery: From Clay Tablets to Tablet Computers

The Regulation of Sex-Themed Visual Imagery: From Clay Tablets to Tablet Computers

by Lyombe Eko

Hardcover(1st ed. 2015)

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Lyombe Eko carries out an historical and cultural survey of the regulation of visual depictions of explicit human sexual conduct from their earliest appearance on the clay tablets of the valley of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in ancient Mesopotamia, to the tablet computers of Silicon Valley. The Regulation of Sex-Themed Visual Imagery analyzes the contemporary problem of the applicability of the human right of freedom of expression to explicit imagery in the face of societal interests in the regulation of representations of human sexuality. This book will be of interest to scholars, students, and broad audiences interested in comparative studies in pornography regulation, the history of pornography, the law of pornography and obscenity, and visual culture and history alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137564238
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

About the Author

Lyombe Eko is a Professor at the College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University, USA. He is the author of New Media, Old Regimes: Case Studies in Comparative Communication Law and Policy (2012) (Gold Medal Winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2014), and American Exceptionalism, the French Exception and Digital Media Law (2013). His research has been published in numerous journals, including Communication Law and Policy, the Journal of Internet Law, the Loyola (Los Angeles) International and Comparative Law Review, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, and the International Communication Gazette. Eko has served as a journalist, producer, and TV program translator at the African Broadcasting Union (URTNA) in Nairobi, Kenya, and at Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: From Clay Tablets to Tablet Computers: Rationales for the book, theoretical approach, and summary of chapters
2. Theoretical Perspectives: Explicit Visual Sexual Imagery as Rule-based Representations
3. Explicit Sex-themed Visual Imagery as Regulated Representations in the Ancient Near East: Babylon, Assyria and Egypt
4. 'Pornography' and the heterogeneous, sex-themed Visual Imagery of Ancient Greece as Regulated Representations
5. Explicit Sex-themed Visual Imagery as Regulated Representations in China and Japan
6. Regulation of the Entwinement of the Sacred and the Sensual in Indian Art
7. Clash of Civilizations: Deterritorialization of Judeo-Christian Legislative texts to the Greco-Roman World
8. Explicit Visual Sexual Imagery as regulated representations during the Roman Empire, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment
9. Regulation of Sex-themed Visual Imagery in the Muslim World: The Persian, Mughal & Ottoman Empires
10. Regulation of the Tension Between Agape and Eros: Regulation of Explicit Visual Sexual Imagery in the United States
11. Pedagogy of the Repressed: Sexual Liberation, Sexual Capitalism and Freedom of Expression in the United States
12. Sexual Capitalism, Organized Crime and the Regulation of Explicit Sex-themed
13. The First Amendment, Municipal Agents and Explicit Visual Sexual Imagery on the Internet: Can a government worker be a Playboy centerfold?
14. Explicit Sex-themes Visual Sexual Imagery and Intellectual Property Law
15. Visual Sexual Imagery, Freedom of Expression and Women's Rights: American and Canadian Approaches
16. Regulation of Online Pedopornography in the United States and France
17. Epilogue: Looking back and Looking Forward: The Regulation of Sexting and Revenge Porn

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"The Regulation of Sex-Themed Visual Imagery is a fascinating look at the global phenomenon of what becomes later in world history pornography throughout all of time, from prehistory and ancient civilizations in the East and West, through today's Internet and digital media environment. Lyombe Eko's book takes an oversaturated subject - sex and the media - and reinterprets it anew through a critically important global and historical, comparative lens." - Paul Grosswiler, Professor, University of Maine, USA and author of Old New Media: From Oral to Virtual Environments

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