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'Censorship = mission impossible?': a postcolonial same sex erotic discourse on Hong Kong porn law

Chiu, Man Chung (2004). 'Censorship = mission impossible?': a postcolonial same sex erotic discourse on Hong Kong porn law. International Journal of the Sociology of Law,32(1):39-63.

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Title 'Censorship = mission impossible?': a postcolonial same sex erotic discourse on Hong Kong porn law
Author Chiu, Man Chung
Journal Name International Journal of the Sociology of Law
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 32
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0194-6595   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-2342430767
Start Page 39
End Page 63
Total Pages 25
Publisher Academic Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Hong Kong mainstream anti-porn activists adopt the Anglo-American radical feminist perspective on pornography, and support the establishment of censorship mechanism. The ideology, which assumes an essential textual interpretation of pornographic materials, is, however, politicized and destablized by postmodern strategy of multiple reading which emphasizes the significance of the interaction between reader's subjectivities and 'discourses'. By embedding the 'anti-porn vs. anti-censor' debate within the particular socio-legal-historical context of Hong Kong, where (Han-)Chinese paradigm on sexuality is still influential, the author argues that legal definition of 'obscenity/pornography' was/is not an indigenous (Han-) Chinese cultural product and it is in this context where censorship marginalizes and pathologizes local traditions on sexuality and thus (re)engineer and reinstate legal postcolonialism. The author further uses (Han-)Chinese conventional opposite/same sex erotic literature as illustrations to elaborate why pornography cannot be viewed as a monolithic and universal concept, and in what ways resistances against heterosexist patriarchal hegemony can be developed within the discourse of 'pornography'. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords pornography
(han-)chinese culture
yin-yang
li
fa/law
same-sex eroticism
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsl.2004.02.001   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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