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Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights > Freedom of information & freedom of speech

The Art of Revolt - Snowden, Assange, Manning (Hardcover): Geoffroy De Lagasnerie The Art of Revolt - Snowden, Assange, Manning (Hardcover)
Geoffroy De Lagasnerie
R1,496 R1,201 Discovery Miles 12 010 Save R295 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning are key figures in the struggles playing out in our democracies over internet use, state secrets, and mass surveillance in the age of terror. When not decried as traitors, they are seen as whistle-blowers whose crucial revelations are meant to denounce a problem or correct an injustice. Yet, for Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, they are much more than that. Snowden, Assange, and Manning are exemplars who have reinvented an art of revolt. Consciously or not, they have inaugurated a new form of political action and a new identity for the political subject. Anonymity as practiced by WikiLeaks and the flight and requests for asylum of Snowden and Assange break with traditional forms of democratic protest. Yet we can hardly dismiss them as acts of cowardice. Rather, as Lagasnerie suggests, such solitary choices challenge us to question classic modes of collective action, calling old conceptions of the state and citizenship into question and inviting us to reformulate the language of critical philosophy. In the process, he pays homage to the actions and lives of these three figures.

Advertising and a Democratic Press (Paperback): C. Edwin Baker Advertising and a Democratic Press (Paperback)
C. Edwin Baker
R753 R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Save R166 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this provocative book, C. Edwin Baker argues that print advertising seriously distorts the flow of news by creating a powerfully corrupting incentive: the more newspapers depend financially on advertising, the more they favor the interests of advertisers over those of readers. Advertising induces newspapers to compete for a maximum audience with blandly "objective" information, resulting in reduced differentiation among papers and the eventual collapse of competition among dailies.

Originally published in 1995.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Decentering Citizenship - Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Hardcover): Hae Yeon Choo Decentering Citizenship - Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Hardcover)
Hae Yeon Choo
R1,964 R1,557 Discovery Miles 15 570 Save R407 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Decentering Citizenship follows three groups of Filipina migrants' struggles to belong in South Korea: factory workers claiming rights as workers, wives of South Korean men claiming rights as mothers, and hostesses at American military clubs who are excluded from claims-unless they claim to be victims of trafficking. Moving beyond laws and policies, Hae Yeon Choo examines how rights are enacted, translated, and challenged in daily life and ultimately interrogates the concept of citizenship. Choo reveals citizenship as a language of social and personal transformation within the pursuit of dignity, security, and mobility. Her vivid ethnography of both migrants and their South Korean advocates illuminates how social inequalities of gender, race, class, and nation operate in defining citizenship. Decentering Citizenship argues that citizenship emerges from negotiations about rights and belonging between South Koreans and migrants. As the promise of equal rights and full membership in a polity erodes in the face of global inequalities, this decentering illuminates important contestation at the margins of citizenship.

Decentering Citizenship - Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Paperback): Hae Yeon Choo Decentering Citizenship - Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Paperback)
Hae Yeon Choo
R575 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R86 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Decentering Citizenship follows three groups of Filipina migrants' struggles to belong in South Korea: factory workers claiming rights as workers, wives of South Korean men claiming rights as mothers, and hostesses at American military clubs who are excluded from claims-unless they claim to be victims of trafficking. Moving beyond laws and policies, Hae Yeon Choo examines how rights are enacted, translated, and challenged in daily life and ultimately interrogates the concept of citizenship. Choo reveals citizenship as a language of social and personal transformation within the pursuit of dignity, security, and mobility. Her vivid ethnography of both migrants and their South Korean advocates illuminates how social inequalities of gender, race, class, and nation operate in defining citizenship. Decentering Citizenship argues that citizenship emerges from negotiations about rights and belonging between South Koreans and migrants. As the promise of equal rights and full membership in a polity erodes in the face of global inequalities, this decentering illuminates important contestation at the margins of citizenship.

Regulation of Sexualized Speech in Europe and the United States (Hardcover): Lawrence Siry Regulation of Sexualized Speech in Europe and the United States (Hardcover)
Lawrence Siry
R6,159 Discovery Miles 61 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Freedom of expression in abstraction is easily professed, yet often controversial and unsatisfying. As states attempt to balance the interest of liberty, speech is often at the intersection. In its practical application, it is easy to lose sight of the interest of expression, as the damage of the expression is much more concrete than that of the abstraction of speech idea is. This work is a unique, comprehensive study of sexualized speech regulation, reviewing the paradigms of enforcement and looking forward to determine how governments will react to challenges in an interconnected world. A challenge will be to find a balance between freedom of expression and protection of societal interests. Challenges of the freedom of expression are many and often. Often restrictions seem reasonable and justified. The ideal of free expression is often more noble than the speech that is suppressed. It is particularly because of the unpopularity of some of this sexualized speech and some speakers that eternal vigilance may be required.

The Fundamental Holmes - A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader - Selections from the Opinions, Books, Articles, Speeches, Letters... The Fundamental Holmes - A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader - Selections from the Opinions, Books, Articles, Speeches, Letters and Other Writings by and about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Paperback)
Ronald K.L. Collins
R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

No figure stands taller in the world of First Amendment law than Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. This is the first anthology of Justice Holmes's writings, speeches and opinions concerning freedom of expression. The book contains eight original essays designed to situate Holmes's works in historical and biographical context. The volume is enriched by extensive commentaries concerning its many entries, which consist of letters, speeches, book excerpts, articles, state court opinions and U.S. Supreme Court opinions. The edited materials - spanning Holmes's 1861-1864 service in the Civil War to his 1931 radio address to the nation - offer a unique view of the thoughts of the father of the modern First Amendment. The book's epilogue, which includes a major discovery about Holmes's impact on American statutory law, explores Holmes's free speech legacy. In the process, the reader comes to know Holmes and his jurisprudence of free speech as never before.

Campus Hate Speech on Trial (Hardcover, Second Edition): Timothy C. Shiell Campus Hate Speech on Trial (Hardcover, Second Edition)
Timothy C. Shiell
R1,188 R1,057 Discovery Miles 10 570 Save R131 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ten years after publication of the first edition of Timothy Shiell's pathbreaking study, restrictions on faculty and student speech on college campuses continue to be hotly contested in the mainstream media, on the internet, in the journals of academic disciplines, in courtrooms, classrooms, and chatrooms. This revised edition adds substantial new material that updates cases and conflicts during the past decade, expands the original's coverage of the relevant literature, and dramatically reinforces Shiell's original argument.

In the first edition Shiell noted that, despite commitments to free speech and the open exchange of ideas, American colleges and universities had increasingly ignored such principles by implementing numerous hate speech codes designed to protect students from racial, sexual, and other forms of harassment. Taking their cue from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which guarantees the right to a non-hostile workplace environment, those regulations had posed seemingly unresolvable conflicts between the ideals of free speech and equal protection.

Shiell explored both sides of the fiery debate over campus hate speech codes to bring out their philosophical and legal underpinnings, clarifying classic free speech arguments as well as the ideas of harm and hostile environment, and analyzing numerous case histories. Pointing out that Title VII wasn't meant to apply to academia, Shiell also encouraged readers to consider the role of the courts in eliminating prejudice in this setting and presented a strong argument for the form the codes themselves should ideally take.

The new edition adds substantial new material on developments concerning the Deterrence Argument, the hostile environment approach, new judicial decisions, and the International Argument. It also updates the comprehensive bibliography and list of legal decisions, significantly increasing the value of both for scholars and policymakers alike.

Shiell eloquently makes the case that campus speech codes--no matter how well grounded in history, law, or philosophy--have tended to be overbroad, arbitrarily enforced, and used selectively to protect only certain groups at the expense of others. For that reason especially, his book will continue to challenge academics and general readers to reconsider how we deal with this important issue.

Theoterrorism v. Freedom of Speech - From Incident to Precedent (Hardcover, 0): Paul Cliteur Theoterrorism v. Freedom of Speech - From Incident to Precedent (Hardcover, 0)
Paul Cliteur
R2,416 Discovery Miles 24 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rushie Affair - hostage taking - freedom of speech - theoterrorism

Presidential Secrecy and the Law (Hardcover, New): Robert M. Pallitto, William G. Weaver Presidential Secrecy and the Law (Hardcover, New)
Robert M. Pallitto, William G. Weaver
R1,066 R915 Discovery Miles 9 150 Save R151 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As seen on The Daily Show, July 24

State secrets, warrantless investigations and wiretaps, signing statements, executive privilege -- the executive branch wields many tools for secrecy. Since the middle of the twentieth century, presidents have used myriad tactics to expand and maintain a level of executive branch power unprecedented in this nation's history.

Most people believe that some degree of governmental secrecy is necessary. But how much is too much? At what point does withholding information from Congress, the courts, and citizens abuse the public trust? How does the nation reclaim rights that have been controlled by one branch of government?

With Presidential Secrecy and the Law, Robert M. Pallitto and William G. Weaver attempt to answer these questions by examining the history of executive branch efforts to consolidate power through information control. They find the nation's democracy damaged and its Constitution corrupted by staunch information suppression, a process accelerated when "black sites," "enemy combatants," and "ghost detainees" were added to the vernacular following the September 11, 2001, terror strikes.

Tracing the current constitutional dilemma from the days of the imperial presidency to the unitary executive embraced by the administration of George W. Bush, Pallitto and Weaver reveal an alarming erosion of the balance of power. Presidential Secrecy and the Law will be the standard in presidential powers studies for years to come.

La Propaganda de Odio (Spanish, Paperback): Milco Baute La Propaganda de Odio (Spanish, Paperback)
Milco Baute
R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Bad News Travels Fast - The Telegraph, Libel, and Press Freedom in the Progressive Era (Paperback): Patrick C. File Bad News Travels Fast - The Telegraph, Libel, and Press Freedom in the Progressive Era (Paperback)
Patrick C. File
R800 R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Save R213 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At the turn of the twentieth century, American journalists transmitted news across the country by telegraph. But what happened when these stories weren't true? In Bad News Travels Fast, Patrick C. File examines a series of libel cases by a handful of plaintiffs - including socialites, businessmen, and Annie Oakley - who sued newspapers across the country for republishing false newswire reports. Through these cases, File demonstrates how law and technology intertwined to influence debates about reputation, privacy, and the acceptable limits of journalism. This largely forgotten era in the development of American libel law provides crucial historical context for contemporary debates about the news media, public discourse, and the role of a free press. File argues that the legal thinking surrounding these cases laid the groundwork for the more friendly libel standards the press now enjoys and helped to establish today's regulations of press freedom amid the promise and peril of high-speed communication technology.

License to Harass - Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech (Paperback, New Ed): Laura Beth Nielsen License to Harass - Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech (Paperback, New Ed)
Laura Beth Nielsen
R873 R677 Discovery Miles 6 770 Save R196 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Offensive street speech--racist and sexist remarks that can make its targets feel both psychologically and physically threatened--is surprisingly common in our society. Many argue that this speech is so detestable that it should be banned under law. But is this an area covered by the First Amendment right to free speech? Or should it be banned?

In this elegantly written book, Laura Beth Nielsen pursues the answers by probing the legal consciousness of ordinary citizens. Using a combination of field observations and in-depth, semistructured interviews, she surveys one hundred men and women, some of whom are routine targets of offensive speech, about how such speech affects their lives. Drawing on these interviews as well as an interdisciplinary body of scholarship, Nielsen argues that racist and sexist speech creates, reproduces, and reinforces existing systems of hierarchy in public places. The law works to normalize and justify offensive public interactions, she concludes, offering, in essence, a "license to harass."

Nielsen relates the results of her interviews to statistical surveys that measure the impact of offensive speech on the public. Rather than arguing whether law is the appropriate remedy for offensive speech, she allows that the benefits to democracy, to community, and to society of allowing such speech may very well outweigh the burdens imposed. Nonetheless, these burdens, and the stories of the people who bear them, should not remain invisible and outside the debate.

Intermediary Liability and Freedom of Expression in the Eu: From Concepts to Safeguards, Volume 3 (Hardcover): Aleksandra... Intermediary Liability and Freedom of Expression in the Eu: From Concepts to Safeguards, Volume 3 (Hardcover)
Aleksandra Kuczerawy
R3,445 Discovery Miles 34 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

States increasingly delegate regulatory and police functions to internet intermediaries. This may lead to interference with the right to freedom of expression. In a time when these issues are of particular relevance, Intermediary liability and freedom of expression in the EU provides the reader with a framework to protect the freedom of expression in an online world.

Free Speech On Trial - Communication Perspectives on Landmark Supreme Court Decisions (Paperback): Richard Parker Free Speech On Trial - Communication Perspectives on Landmark Supreme Court Decisions (Paperback)
Richard Parker; Contributions by Richard Parker, Susan Balter-Re, Mary Bezanso
R1,192 R851 Discovery Miles 8 510 Save R341 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Describes landmark free speech decisions of the Supreme Court while highlighting the issues of language, rhetoric, and communication that underlie them.

At the intersection of communication and First Amendment law reside two significant questions: What is the speech we ought to protect, and why should we protect it? The 20 scholars of legal communication whose essays are gathered in this volume propose various answers to these questions, but their essays share an abiding concern with a constitutional guarantee of free speech and its symbiotic relationship with communication practices.

"Free Speech on Trial" fills a gap between textbooks that summarize First Amendment law and books that analyze case law and legal theory. These essays explore questions regarding the significance of unregulated speech in a marketplace of goods and ideas, the limits of offensive language and obscenity as expression, the power of symbols, and consequences of restraint prior to publication versus the subsequent punishment of sources. As one example, Craig Smith cites "Buckley vs. Valeo" to examine how the context of corruption in the 1974 elections shaped the Court's view of the constitutionality of campaign contributions and expenditures.

Collectively, the essays in this volume suggest that the life of free speech law is communication. The contributors reveal how the Court's free speech opinions constitute discursive performances that fashion, deconstruct, and reformulate the contours and parameters of the Constitution's guarantee of free expression and that, ultimately, reconstitute our government, our culture, and our society.

The Future of Blasphemy - Democracy, Faith and Freedom of Expression (Hardcover): Austin Dacey The Future of Blasphemy - Democracy, Faith and Freedom of Expression (Hardcover)
Austin Dacey
R2,008 R1,527 Discovery Miles 15 270 Save R481 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title presents a critical examination of the contemporary debates in Europe and the international community over 'incitement to religious hatred' and the 'defamation of religions'. Today, a new notion of blasphemy has arrived on the international political scene in the form of United Nations resolutions condemning the "defamation of religions" and national laws restricting religiously offensive speech. In the days of Moses, God defended His own honour. In the biblical worldview, blasphemy was the direct verbal abuse of the divine person, punishable by death. For the medievals, it was taken as a threat to civil order. Unlike the biblical and medieval discourse, however, this new debate turns on the feelings of the believers themselves. Meanwhile, artists and public figures face trial for "inciting religious hatred". What is the proper balance between freedom and equal respect for persons? When, if ever, is religious offense not only legally permissible but morally appropriate in a pluralistic democracy? "The Future of Blasphemy" goes beyond the headlines to critically examine the contemporary debates in the international community. It advances a balanced defence of freedom of expression that gives full consideration to the value of equality along with freedom of conscience and religion.

Anti-Zionism on Campus - The University, Free Speech, and BDS (Hardcover): Doron S Ben-Atar, Andrew Pessin Anti-Zionism on Campus - The University, Free Speech, and BDS (Hardcover)
Doron S Ben-Atar, Andrew Pessin; Contributions by Dan Avnon, Julien Bauer, Corinne Blackmer, …
R2,320 R1,844 Discovery Miles 18 440 Save R476 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many scholars have endured the struggle against rising anti-Israel sentiments on college and university campuses worldwide. This volume of personal essays documents and analyzes the deleterious impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the most cherished Western institutions. These essays illustrate how anti-Israelism corrodes the academy and its treasured ideals of free speech, civility, respectful discourse, and open research. Nearly every chapter attests to the blurred distinction between anti-Israelism and antisemitism, as well as to hostile learning climates where many Jewish students, staff, and faculty feel increasingly unwelcome and unsafe. Anti-Zionism on Campus provides a testament to the specific ways anti-Israelism manifests on campuses and considers how this chilling and disturbing trend can be combatted.

ZAT Zombie Apocalypse Training - How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse and Not Freak Out (Paperback): Richard Flentge ZAT Zombie Apocalypse Training - How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse and Not Freak Out (Paperback)
Richard Flentge
R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Fighting Words - Individuals, Communities, and Liberties of Speech (Paperback, New Ed): Kent Greenawalt Fighting Words - Individuals, Communities, and Liberties of Speech (Paperback, New Ed)
Kent Greenawalt
R873 R677 Discovery Miles 6 770 Save R196 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Should "hate speech" be made a criminal offense, or does the First Amendment oblige Americans to permit the use of epithets directed against a person's race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual preference? Does a campus speech code enhance or degrade democratic values? When the American flag is burned in protest, what rights of free speech are involved? In a lucid and balanced analysis of contemporary court cases dealing with these problems, as well as those of obscenity and workplace harassment, acclaimed First Amendment scholar Kent Greenawalt now addresses a broad general audience of readers interested in the most current free speech issues.

Virtual Freedom - Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age (Paperback): Dawn C. Nunziato Virtual Freedom - Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age (Paperback)
Dawn C. Nunziato
R580 R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Save R86 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Communications giants like Google, Comcast, and AT&T enjoy increasingly unchecked control over speech. As providers of broadband access and Internet search engines, they can control online expression. Their online content restrictions--from obstructing e-mail to censoring cablecasts--are considered legal because of recent changes in free speech law.
In this book, Dawn Nunziato criticizes recent changes in free speech law in which only the government need refrain from censoring speech, while companies are permitted to self-regulate. By enabling Internet providers to exercise control over content, the Supreme Court and the FCC have failed to protect the public's right to access a broad diversity of content. Nunziato argues that regulation is necessary to ensure the free flow of information and to render the First Amendment meaningful in the twenty-first century. This book offers an urgent call to action, recommending immediate steps to preserve our free speech rights online.

Freedom of Speech and the Function of Rhetoric in the United States (Paperback): Michael Donnelly Freedom of Speech and the Function of Rhetoric in the United States (Paperback)
Michael Donnelly
R834 R792 Discovery Miles 7 920 Save R42 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is about Freedom of Speech and public discourse in the United States. Freedom of Speech is a major component of the cultural context in which we live, think, work, and write, generally revered as the foundation of true democracy. But the issue has a great deal more to do with social norms rooted in a web of cultural assumptions about the function of rhetoric in social organization generally, and in a democratic society specifically. The dominant, liberal notion of free speech in the United States, assumed to be self-evidently true, is, in fact, a particular historical and cultural formation, rooted in Enlightenment philosophies and dependent on a collection of false narratives about the founding of the country, the role of speech and media in its development, and the relationship between capitalism and democracy. Most importantly, this notion of freedom of speech relies on a warped sense of the function of rhetoric in democratic social organization. By privileging individual expression, at the expense of democratic deliberation, the liberal notion of free speech functions largely to suppress rather than promote meaningful public discussion and debate, and works to sustain unequal relations of power. The presumed democratization of the public sphere, via the Internet, raises more questions than it answers-who has access and who doesn't, who commands attention and why, and what sorts of effects such expression actually has. We need to think a great deal more carefully about the values subsumed and ignored in an uncritical attachment to a particular version of the public sphere. This book seeks to illuminate the ways in which cultural framing diminishes the complexity of free speech and sublimates a range of value-choices. A more fully democratic society requires a more critical view of freedom of speech.

Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century - How Terrorism, Governments, and Culture Wars Impact Free Speech (Hardcover):... Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century - How Terrorism, Governments, and Culture Wars Impact Free Speech (Hardcover)
Evan Gerstmann, Matthew J. Streb; Introduction by David M. Rabban
R1,966 R1,559 Discovery Miles 15 590 Save R407 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume explores the state of academic freedom in the United States and abroad. What impact have the attacks of September 11th and the ensuing war on terrorism had on free speech, access to information, government funding of the sciences, and other cornerstones of freedom of inquiry at American universities? How has the renewed emphasis on patriotism affected the "culture wars" that aroused so much controversy on American campuses? And how does academic freedom in the United States compare to that of other nations? To engage these crucial questions, the editors have assembled some of the nation's leading experts on academic freedom, from a broad range of disciplines including law, political science, and the history of science.

Publish and Perish - The Practice of Censorship in the British Isles in the Early Modern Period (Paperback): Isabelle Fernandes Publish and Perish - The Practice of Censorship in the British Isles in the Early Modern Period (Paperback)
Isabelle Fernandes
R1,398 Discovery Miles 13 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mi Tragedia Viral - En busca de un dia feliz (Spanish, Paperback): Miguel Angel Lozano Gonzalez Mi Tragedia Viral - En busca de un dia feliz (Spanish, Paperback)
Miguel Angel Lozano Gonzalez
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Texting, Suicide, and the Law - The case against punishing Michelle Carter (Hardcover): Mark Tunick Texting, Suicide, and the Law - The case against punishing Michelle Carter (Hardcover)
Mark Tunick
R1,245 Discovery Miles 12 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2014, Conrad Roy committed suicide following encouragement from his long-distance girlfriend, Michelle Carter, in what has become known as the Texting Suicide case. The case has attracted much attention, largely focusing on the First Amendment free speech issue. This book takes the view that the issue is intertwined with several others, some of which have received less attention but help explain why the case is so captivating and important, issues concerning privacy, accountability, coercion, punishment, and assisted suicide. The focus here is on how all of these issues are interconnected. By breaking the issue down into its complex layers, the work aids reasoned judgment, ensuring we aren't guided solely by our gut reactions. The book is laid out as a case against punishing Ms. Carter, but it is less important that we agree with that conclusion than that we reach our conclusions not just through our instincts and intuitions but by thinking about these fundamental issues. The work will be of interest to scholars in law, political theory, and philosophy as an example of how theoretical issues apply to particular controversies. It will also appeal to readers interested in freedom of speech and the First Amendment, criminal justice and theories of punishment, suicide laws, and privacy.

Extreme Cinema - The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today's Art Film Culture (Hardcover): Mattias Frey Extreme Cinema - The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today's Art Film Culture (Hardcover)
Mattias Frey
R2,714 R2,386 Discovery Miles 23 860 Save R328 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From Shortbus to Shame and from Oldboy to Irreversible, film festival premieres regularly make international headlines for their shockingly graphic depictions of sex and violence. Film critics and scholars alike often regard these movies as the work of visionary auteurs, hailing directors like Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier as heirs to a tradition of transgressive art. In this provocative new book, Mattias Frey offers a very different perspective on these films, exposing how they are also calculated products, designed to achieve global notoriety in a competitive marketplace. Paying close attention to the discourses employed by film critics, distributors, and filmmakers themselves, Extreme Cinema examines the various tightropes that must be walked when selling transgressive art films to discerning audiences, distinguishing them from generic horror, pornography, and Hollywood product while simultaneously hyping their salacious content. Deftly tracing the links between the local and the global, Frey also shows how the directors and distributors of extreme art house fare from both Europe and East Asia have significant incentives to exaggerate the exotic elements that would differentiate them from Anglo-American product. Extreme Cinema also includes original interviews with the programmers of several leading international film festivals and with niche distributors and exhibitors, giving readers a revealing look at how these institutions enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the ""taboo-breakers"" of art house cinema. Frey also demonstrates how these apparently transgressive films actually operate within a strict set of codes and conventions, carefully calibrated to perpetuate a media industry that fuels itself on provocation.

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