This collection of writings about censorship, its motives and structures, is not intended to be an argumentation either for or against any ""control which limits the intended content of any communication."" Its purpose is to explain, rather than to advocate, the sources of censorship, its forms, and its modus operandi in the fields of print, television, and film, particularly with respect to the areas which most tempt the censor: politics, religion, and sex. The first group of articles demonstrates that communication is inevitably ""institutionalized"" so as to serve the needs of the society in which it functions. The second deals with censorship and asthetics, and the third with ""censorship and conflict"" as expressed in concrete laws and actual cases. Each section combines theory and analysis with case study in a relatively dispassionate explication which, although it does not leave the reader's (or the authors') emotions totally disengaged, does manage to make some sense out of a tendency which is as old as man himself.