At Issue: Banned Books, 1st Edition

  • Marcia Amidon Lusted
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  • ISBN-10: 1534500766
  • ISBN-13: 9781534500761
  • DDC: 098.10973
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 88 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Overview

It may sound shocking, but even in this current age, books are banned all around the globe. But what makes a book inappropriate—even dangerous—for public consumption, and who has the power to deem it so? Some governments ban books as a form of censorship. Even schools can ban books they consider too racy or inappropriate for their students. Does banning books take away our liberties, attempt to erase history, and impose an agenda? Or is the practice actually in our best interests, depending on the circumstance? This balanced volume examines this surprisingly nuanced issue. It may sound shocking, but even in this current age, books are banned all around the globe. But what makes a book inappropriate—even dangerous—for public consumption, and who has the power to deem it so? Some governments ban books as a form of censorship. Even schools can ban books they consider too racy or inappropriate for their students. Does banning books take away our liberties, attempt to erase history, and impose an agenda? Or is the practice actually in our best interests, depending on the circumstance? This balanced volume examines this surprisingly nuanced issue.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Banning and Challenging Are Two Different Things.
2: Even Librarians Ban Books.
3: Do the Reasons for Banning Books Stack Up?.
4: Book Banning's Greatest Achievement Is to Reflect Our Current Culture.
5: Banned Books Week Is Propaganda.
6: Banned Books Can Be a Tool for Addressing Race.
7: Look to the First Amendment.
8: Parental Involvement Is Critical in Reading Selections.
9: Filtering in Public Libraries Has Gone Too Far.
10: Bans Distract from the Real Value of Books.
11: Censorship Is a Loss to Culture.
12: Librarians Must Resist Self-Censoring.
13: Book Banning Is Irrelevant in the Information Age.
14: Technology Offers New Challenges to Censorship.
15: Why Book Banning Fails.
Organizations to Contact.
Bibliography.
Index.