Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Sex Panic and the Punitive State

by Roger N. Lancaster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520262069

ISBN-13: 9780520262065

Pub. Date: 03/15/2011

Publisher: University of California Press

One evening, while watching the news, Roger N. Lancaster was startled by a report that a friend, a gay male school teacher, had been arrested for a sexually based crime. The resulting hysteria threatened to ruin the life of an innocent man.
In this passionate and provocative book, Lancaster blends astute analysis, robust polemic, ethnography, and personal

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Overview

One evening, while watching the news, Roger N. Lancaster was startled by a report that a friend, a gay male school teacher, had been arrested for a sexually based crime. The resulting hysteria threatened to ruin the life of an innocent man.
In this passionate and provocative book, Lancaster blends astute analysis, robust polemic, ethnography, and personal narrative to delve into the complicated relationship between sexuality and punishment in our society. Drawing on classical social science, critical legal studies, and queer theory, he tracks the rise of a modern suburban culture of fear and develops new insights into the punitive logic that has put down deep roots in everyday American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520262065
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
485,313
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Fear Eats the Soul

PART ONE: SEX PANIC
1. Panic: A Guide to the Uses of Fear
2.
Innocents at Home: How Sex Panics Reshaped American Culture
3. To Catch a Predator: New Monsters, Imagined Risks, and the Erosion of Legal Norms
4. The Magical Power of the Accusation: How I Became a Sex Criminal and Other True Stories

PART TWO: THE PUNITIVE STATE
5. Zero Tolerance: Crime and Punishment in the Punitive State
6.
Innocents Abroad: Taboo and Terror in the Global War
7. Constructing Victimization: How Americans Learned to Love Trauma
8. The Victimology Trap: Capitalism, Liberalism, and Grievance

Conclusion: Whither the Punitive State?

Appendix 1: Race,
Incarceration, and Notification
Appendix 2: Notes on Method
Notes

Index

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