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The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada By Mildred A. Schwartz

The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada by Mildred A. Schwartz

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Using the history of prohibition in North America as a point of reference, Schwartz and Tatalovich address the anticipated progression and possible resolution of six contemporary moral issues: abortion, capital punishment, gun control, marijuana, pornography, and same-sex relations.

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The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada by Mildred A. Schwartz

In The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada, sociologist Mildred A. Schwartz and political scientist Raymond Tatalovich bring their disciplinary insights to the study of moral issues. Beginning with prohibition, Schwartz and Tatalovich trace the phases of its evolution from emergence, establishment, decline and resurgence, to resolution. Prohibition's life history generates a series of hypotheses about how passage through each of the phases affected subsequent developments and how these were shaped by the political institutions and social character of the United States and Canada. Using the history of prohibition in North America as a point of reference, the authors move on to address the anticipated progression and possible resolution of six contemporary moral issues: abortion, capital punishment, gun control, marijuana, pornography, and same-sex relations. Schwartz and Tatalovich build a new theoretical approach by drawing on scholarship on agenda-setting, mass media, social movements, and social problems. The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts provides new insights into how moral conflicts develop and interact with their social and political environment.

The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada Reviews

"This is an excellent book on comparative morality policy and comparative public policy in general. It provides detailed discussion of the policy life cycles of six morality issues. The books clearly fleshes out and explains why morality issues emerge, why they become established, and why they go through decline, resurgence, and resolution." -- Anthiony K. Fleming, University of West Georgia * American Review of Canadian Studies, vol 49 no 2 *

About Mildred A. Schwartz

Mildred A. Schwartz is professor emerita in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago and visiting scholar, New York University. Raymond Tatalovich is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago.

Table of Contents

1. Why Moral Conflicts Matter 2. The Example of Prohibition 3. Issue Portraits 4. The Context of Moral Conflicts 5. The Emergence of Moral Conflicts 6. Establishment 7. Continuity, Decline, Resurgence 8. The Resolution of Moral Conflicts 9. The Phases of Moral Conflicts

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NGR9781442628830
9781442628830
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The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada by Mildred A. Schwartz
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Paperback
University of Toronto Press
2018-02-20
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