The New Temperance: The American Obsession With Sin and Vice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The New Temperance

The American Obsession With Sin and Vice, 1st Edition

By David Wagner


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The war on drugs ? the campaigns against smoking cigarettes ? v-chips to control what children watch on TV ? censoring the Internet and Calvin Klein jeans ads?bipartisan lectures about the dangers of teen sex ? constant warnings about food and fat ? all are examples of what David Wagner terms the ?New Temperance.?The New Temperance contrasts the ne

Table of Contents

The new temperance; DJ vu all over again; temperance and the social construction of risk; the slippery slope, or scaring them straight; getting lean and mean - the middle-class return to respectability; manufacturing consensus - the politics of puritanism; from loyalty oaths to urine tests.

About the Author

David Wagner is associate professor of social work and sociology at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of two previous books, including Checkerboard Square (Westview, 1993), winner of the 1993 C. Wright Mills Award.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General