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Under the counter, under the radar?: The business and regulation of the pornographic press in Sweden 1950- 1971
Department of Economic History, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Enterprise & society, ISSN 1467-2227, E-ISSN 1467-2235, Vol. 13, no 2, 350-377 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, the process leading to decriminalization of pornography in Sweden in 1971 is analyzed. The interplay between the structural institutional level and company behavior is stressed, with an emphasis on business strategies. The article shows that the division between hard-core and soft-core pornographic magazines in Sweden was quite different than the development in the United Kingdom and the United States. It also shows how the business strategies used by hard-core pornographers challenged the obscenity legislation and regulation of national distribution, making them obsolete. Even though there was fierce competition between the pornography companies, producers formed joint alternative distribution channels crucial to the survival of the industry.

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Oxford University Press, 2012. Vol. 13, no 2, 350-377 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57500DOI: 10.1093/es/khr080OAI: diva2:542943
Available from: 2012-08-06 Created: 2012-08-06 Last updated: 2012-10-22Bibliographically approved

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