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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


“Especially Heinous”: Politics, Predation, Sex Panics

Joseph J. Fischel

in Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816694754
eISBN:
9781452954363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694754.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

Chapter 1 inaugurates several claims that it develops throughout the remainder of the manuscript: that law coproduces the scene of sexual violence; that sexual harm is not synonymous with minor or ... More


The Fear of Child Sexuality: Young People, Sex, and Agency

Steven Angelides

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226648460
eISBN:
9780226648774
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226648774.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Sexuality is arguably the most highly cherished marker delineating the boundaries between childhood and adulthood in anglophone societies. When the boundaries between childhood innocence (or innocent ... More


The Phenomenon of Child Molestation

John Borneman

in Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226233888
eISBN:
9780226234076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226234076.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes child sex abuse as both a real and phantasmatic phenomenon in the West that has become prominent in the last 40 years. It theorizes the secular ritual of rehabilitation of child ... 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


Conclusion: Fueling the Lamps of Sexual Imagination

Laura Helen Marks

in Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042140
eISBN:
9780252050886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042140.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the recent discourse surrounding sex work and pornography that uncannily recalls the rhetoric of the Victorian age. Current bad-faith efforts to combat “sex trafficking” and ... More


Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent

Joseph J. Fischel

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816694754
eISBN:
9781452954363
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694754.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent cautions against any premature pride parade for consent as our determinant of sexual freedom, permissible sex, or good sex. Consent is not ethically dispositive, ... More


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