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Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity

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In the world of globalized media, provocative images trigger culture wars between traditionalists and cosmopolitans, between censors and defenders of free expression. But are images censored because of what they mean, what they do, or what they might become? And must audiences be protected because of what they understand, what they feel, or what they might imagine? At the ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2013 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Aakash
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing

The organization of historical and ethnographic data along with related theoretical arguments makes it a very convenient read. The treatment of the material is never polemic and always balanced and objective. The author almost disappears as the reader immerses in the book and only appears when absolutely necessary. The description of interviews etc is real-life like.

Rich in ethnography and highly analytic about its theoretical implications. Through analysis of controversies generated by films a
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Nayana Renukumar
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone seething at India's atrocious censorship tactics
Recommended to Nayana by: My Professor
Cinema in India has an enviable ‘reach, cultural influence and affective resonance’, at once integrating the mechanical mass production potential of Print and the performative energy of Theatre. It is therefore not surprising that Mazzarella chose an ethnographic analysis of film censorship in India to explore the uncomfortable relationship between mass publicity and political authority. In a work that examines the
genealogy of censorship from colonial times to its present form, Mazarella analyse
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