Mobilization of the anti-pornography movement in Newfoundland (1983-1988): an analysis of ideology, structure, and strategy

Stockwood, Pauline (1988) Mobilization of the anti-pornography movement in Newfoundland (1983-1988): an analysis of ideology, structure, and strategy. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The focus of this thesis is the mobilization of the anti-pornography movement in Newfoundland through the efforts of the Coalition of Citizens Against Pornography (CCAP), a St. John's based group that formed in 1983. The study places the movement within the context of the national anti-pornography movement, identifying structural, historical, and political conditions giving rise to the movement's formation. By exploring the ideology of those involved in the pornography debate, i.e. the liberal, conservative, and feminist perspectives, the study analyses how different world views affect attitudes about sexuality, and in turn, how these attitudes determine one's philosophical position on pornography. By identifying the key players in the mobilizing effort and their attitudes, opinions, and ability to secure the resources to initiate a province-wide lobby effort, the analysis demonstrates how ideology and resource mobilization interact to help form the structural base of the movement, the strategies undertaken by the CCAP, and the position supported by the group as a whole. -- An ethnographic and historical approach was used to conduct the research. Data collection was facilitated by the use of personal interviews, observation, organizational file documents, and newspaper clippings. The involvement of three organizations make up the focus of this thesis. These include, the CCAP, the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and the St. John's Status of Women Council (formally the Newfoundland Status of Women Council).

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5959
Item ID: 5959
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 111-118.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Sociology
Date: 1988
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Coalition of Citizens Against Pornography; Pornography--Social aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador

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