Interpreting Censorship in Canada

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University of Toronto Press, 1999 - Political Science - 438 pages
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It has been part of the liberal tradition to decry censorship in all its forms, and to attempt to separate censorship from democratic forms of government. There has been as yet no real attempt to integrate censorship into political theory.

The twenty-three contributors to this book view censorship pragmatically. They aim to treat it as a constituent feature of any system of social control or practice. By capturing and analyzing the social, political, cultural and economic components of restriction of freedom of expression and access to information, they go beyond the merely ideological pro and anti censorship arguments, exposing the extent of censorship in Canada today, exploring its structures, and showing what it reveals about our political culture.

Because censorship manifests itself in so many ways, the diversity of approach of this book contributes to the authors purpose - to enhance our awareness to not only the practice of censorship, but also how talk about censorship as an expression of changes in thoughts, values, and social behaviour over time.

Despite their different approaches, the contributors to this volume agree in their perception of censorship as a value-driven instrument of power. It is not their intention to deride this control as such. Socially organized activity cannot occur without censorship, and the questions concern forms of censorship, the implementation of censorship, and the interests served.

 

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Contents

The Politics of Censorship
19
Freedom Censorship and the Canadian Identity
40
An Inquiry into the Supreme Courts Theory
56
An Essay on Free Speech and Law
80
The Censorship of Commercial Speech with Special Reference to Tobacco
101
Exploring the History of the Regulation of Publica
129
Orthodoxy Diversity and Cultural
157
Management of Censorship Attempts in Canadian
182
The Social Psychology of Censorship
268
SelfCensorship and the Press
290
Censorship by Inadvertence? Selectivity in the Production
318
Censorship in Public
334
The Ironies of Academic Freedom
351
The Market and Professional Censorship of Canadian School
367
Towards a Different Account of Expressive
386
FILM CENSORSHIP
403

An Ontoporno
199
Some Recent Episodes concerning
221
Canada Censorship and the Internet
241

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About the author (1999)

Klaus Petersen is in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of British Columbia. Allan C. Hutchinson is in Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

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