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Cultural citizenship and the communicative space of mediated sexual expressivity

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Abstract:

The role of pornography in contemporary media societies constitutes one of the under-researched areas in media and communication studies. The purpose of this article is to explore the potentiality latent in the user-porn-related Internet domains, blogs and forums – as extensions of offline agency and sociality – for motivating communicative action and engagement with civic practice in various forms. In this study, we utilize an interdisciplinary approach that feeds from social, political and cultural theory and we take 'self-pornographic pursuit as cultural citizenship' as a paradigmatic intersection. The discussion is based on our analysis of a variety of expressive venues (some purely online, some amalgamated with the offline) over the course of our preliminary research. Of these, we refer to two Swedish examples: Bodycontact, a sexual dating site, and Dirty Diaries, a feminist film project and the adjacent website, as illustrative of the theoretical arguments presented throughout our discussion.

Keywords: CULTURAL CITIZENSHIP; MEDIATION; PORN; SEXUAL EXPRESSIVITY; SOCIAL THEORY; SPACE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/macp.7.2.209_1

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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  • The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics is committed to analyzing the politics of communication(s) and cultural processes. It addresses cultural politics in their local, international and global dimensions, recognizing equally the importance of issues defined by their specific cultural geography and those that traverse cultures and nations.
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