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Overview


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 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813325699
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Lexile: 1640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet 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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The New Temperance 1
2 Deja Vu All Over Again 13
3 Temperance and the Social Construction of Risk 5
4 "The Slippery Slope," or Scaring Them Straight 67
5 Getting "Lean and Mean": The Middle-Class Return to Respectability 103
6 Manufacturing Consensus: The Politics of Puritanism 135
7 From Loyalty Oaths to Urine Tests 167
Notes 177
About the Book and Author 213
Index 215
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    Awards

    This book was the winner of the 1998 Northeast Popular Culture (NEPCA) book award. It was also listed as a top ten book on political economy by the Boston Globe in 1997.

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