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Author Wagner, David.

Title The new temperance : the American obsession with sin and vice / David Wagner
Published Boulder, Colo. : WestviewPress, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (x, 226 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. The New Temperance -- 2. Deja Vu All Over Again -- 3. Temperance and the Social Construction of Risk -- 4. "The Slippery Slope," or Scaring Them Straight -- 5. Getting "Lean and Mean": The Middle-Class Return to Respectability -- 6. Manufacturing Consensus: The Politics of Puritanism -- 7. From Loyalty Oaths to Urine Tests
Summary The New Temperance contrasts the new obsession with personal behavior in America during the last two decades with the brief period of relative freedom in the 1960s and early 1970s and suggests strong consistencies with our past. In particular, the late twentieth century appears to have re-created the mood of the Victorian and Progressive Periods, when social movements such as the Temperance, Social Purity, and Vice and Vigilance movements held sway. The New Temperance questions the constant mantra in the media and in political debates about the dangers of personal behavior and challenges America's love affair with repression
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-211) and index
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Subject Behavior modification -- United States.
Conservatism -- United States.
Political correctness -- United States.
Temperance -- United States.
United States -- Moral conditions.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 96051514
ISBN 0429975775
1429490993
9780429975776
9781429490993