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‘Treating it as a normal business’: Researching the pornography industry

Voss, Georgina (2012) ‘Treating it as a normal business’: Researching the pornography industry. Sexualities, 15 (3-4). ISSN 1461-7382

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Voss, Georgina

This article examines the lack of research on the pornography industry and the means of addressing this situation. Much contemporary pornography research invokes the apparent economic prowess of the pornography industry as justification for its work, yet focuses on the product and its reception rather than on the industry that produces it. In this article I identify and discuss the specific institutional challenges around studying pornography within business studies, and also the opportunities that arose through this work. The research methods used in this study of the North American pornography industry are presented and discussed, together with considerations around access, authentication, and stigma. I challenge the dependence by current scholars on secondary data about the industry by offering theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches with which to gather rich empirical material, thus furthering the wider field of pornography research.

Official Website: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1363460712439650
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Adult entertainment, business studies, ethnography, research methods, pornography
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Sage
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 26 June 2012
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1177/1363460712439650
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 14:08
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 14:08
Item ID: 14549
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/14549

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