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  • Daniel Linz - University of California, Santa Barbara (Emeritus)
  • Neil Malamuth - University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Volume: 5

March 1993 | 88 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Pornography has fascinated and divided researchers, policymakers, and the public for years. Does it have harmful effects on individuals? What effects in particular? Does pornography influence everyone or just some people? How should society deal with the results of this influence? In Pornography, Linz and Malamuth sort through these and other questions by placing their topic within the broader context of fundamental human nature theories. Their approach reveals a systematic interweaving of social science, morality, and law through three different perspectives: conservative-moralistic, liberal, and feminist. The fifth volume in the innovative Communication Concepts series, this book is an invaluable addition to current research on pornography and obscenity. Students and professionals in communication studies as well as research methods and the social sciences in general will find Pornography to be an illuminating and compelling study.

Pornography `Is' What It `Does'
Obscenity, Sexual Arousal and Societal Decay
The Conservative-Moralist Theory and Empirical Research

Erotica and Harmlessness
The Liberal Theory and Empirical Research

Pornography and Harms to Women
The Feminist Theory and Empirical Research

The Contributions of Each Approach to Scientific Research and Social Policy

This is an excellent introduction to the debates surrounding pornography and I would highly recommend it.

Mr Michael Rees
Business and Social Science, University of Wales
June 10, 2014

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ISBN: 9780803944817

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