Australia’s ‘child-abuse material’ legislation, internet regulation and the juridification of the imagination

  title={Australia’s ‘child-abuse material’ legislation, internet regulation and the juridification of the imagination},
  author={Mark McLelland},
  journal={International Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={467 - 483}
  • Mark McLelland
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Cultural Studies
This article investigates the implications of Australia’s prohibition of ‘child-abuse material’ (including cartoons, animation, drawings and text) for Australian fan communities of animation, comics and gaming (ACG) and slash fiction. It is argued that current legislation is out of synch with the new communicative environment brought about by the internet since a large portion of the fans producing and trading in these images are themselves minors and young people. Habermas’s analysis of the… Expand
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