Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression

Robert Atkins (Editor) Svetlana Mintcheva (Editor)


If your idea of censorship is an anonymous bureaucrat in a government office exercising prudish control over "offensive" art and speech, wake up and smell the conglomeration. Censorship today is just as likely to be the result of a market force or a bandwidth monopoly as a line edit or the covering of a nude sculpture, and the current system of new technologies and economic arrangements has subtle, built-in mechanisms for suppressing free expression as powerful as any known in other centuries.

In Censoring Culture, the nationally known author of the ArtSpeak books and the head of the National Coalition Against Censorship's Arts Program bring together the latest thinking from art historians, cultural theorists, legal scholars, and psychoanalysts, as well as first-person accounts by artists and advocates, to give us a comprehensive understanding of censorship in a new century.

Product Details

New Press
Publish Date
April 10, 2006
6.0 X 0.9 X 9.0 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Robert (Bob) Atkins is an assistant professor at Rutgers University College of Nursing and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. Professor Atkins decided to pursue nursing after earning a degree in political science and American civilizations from Brown University. In 1995 he earned a Bachelor of Science of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and began working as a school nurse in Camden, NJ. While working as a school nurse Professor Atkins earned a Master of Science in Nursing at Rutgers University and became a pediatric nurse practitioner. Upon completing that degree, he began conducting research on the factors that influence the health and well-being of children and started his doctoral studies at Temple University. In 2004 Professor Atkins completed a PhD in the Department of Public Health at Temple University. Dr. Atkins is the co-founder and president of the Camden STARR Program, a community-based, non-profit youth development program which seeks to improve the life chances of children and adolescents living in Camden.