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ENG286 Banned Books: Banned or Challenged?

Resource guide about banned and/ or challenged books, censorship, and intellectual freedom

What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.

 A banning is the removal of those materials. 

Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others."

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Top Reasons for Banning or Challenging a Book

The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:

  1. the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
  2. the material contained "offensive language"
  3. the materials was "unsuited to any age group"

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