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La pornographie comme fait social total

Abstract : Pornographic contents are images to which humans maintain a peculiar relationship, inducing, even among researchers, effects of fascination, avoidance, projection and judgement. A field of research is emerging, having difficulties to take its distances from controversies, due to the fragmentation of approaches according to moral, political, social or health considerations. Yet, the diversity of scopes under which this social fact can be approached underlines its interest as an analyzer of the societies in which it occurs. This article explores the relevance of applying to pornography Marcel Mauss’ notion of “total social fact”. It suggests that the relationship to images that humans develop today, tells us something about the way our society as a whole is changing.
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Patrick Schmoll. La pornographie comme fait social total. Revue des Sciences sociales, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2015, pp.80-87. ⟨halshs-02017118⟩

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