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Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Roger Lancaster

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255654
eISBN:
9780520948211
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255654.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Sex panics give rise to bloated imaginings of risk, inflated conceptions of harm, and loose definitions of sex. This book is about sex panics and their relation to other forms of institutionalized ... More


Innocents at Home: How Sex Panics Reshaped American Culture

Roger N. Lancaster

in Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255654
eISBN:
9780520948211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255654.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines how American culture was reshaped by sex panics. Full-blown sex panics were slower to develop. Outlines of modern sex panic also were taking shape in discussions of race. Ideas ... More


Panic: A Guide to the Uses of Fear

Roger N. Lancaster

in Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255654
eISBN:
9780520948211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255654.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

“Moral panic” can be defined broadly as any mass movement that emerges in response to a false, exaggerated, or ill-defined moral threat to society and proposes to address this threat through punitive ... More


To Catch a Predator: New Monsters, Imagined Risks, and the Erosion of Legal Norms

Roger N. Lancaster

in Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255654
eISBN:
9780520948211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255654.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

There has been a renewed round of intense reportage on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals which illustrates how proportion and measure are distorted in sex panics. These conflations constructed ... More


Conclusion: Whither the Punitive State?

Roger N. Lancaster

in Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255654
eISBN:
9780520948211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255654.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter surveys the landscape, sums up the findings, and ventures a few guesses about the American present and its contradictory tendencies. Antigay crusades appear to be losing their power to ... More


The Magical Power of the Accusation: How I Became a Sex Criminal and Other True Stories

Roger N. Lancaster

in Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255654
eISBN:
9780520948211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255654.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter represents an “autoethnographic” account that focuses on the writer's chance experiences. It retells the story of how the writer became a sex criminal. His experiences reveal something ... More


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