Books Unre(a)d: the Institutional Logics of Soviet Book Procurement in the Wake of the Foreign Agents Registration Act Public Deposited
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Spunaugle, Emily D.
- Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
- The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 was instrumental in detaining or destroying solicited and unsolicited mail from the Soviet Union bound for American addressees, including libraries and research centers, until the 1960s. FARA appears briefly in library literature, but no in-depth examination of its mechanisms and effects has been hazarded. This study posits a model for representing the importation and circulation of materials using Roger Friedland and Robert R. Alford's (1991) concept of institutional logics, highlighting the tension created through the competing interpretations of FARA of the Soviet export house, Department of Justice, Department of State, Post Office Department, Customs Bureau, booksellers, and research libraries. FARA's perniciousness coincided with the library's fundamental shift in institutional ethics, as the profession became politicized amid the coalescence of contemporary notions of intellectual freedom.
- Date of publication
- May 2015
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- Varner, Stewart
- Master of Science in Library Science
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- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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