Review of the new temperance – America's obsession with sin and sin, David Wagner

General theme: Suppress American happiness and constant dangerous spells.

Theme: A convincing history, sociological and philosophical analysis of American fascination with sin and unethical behavior.

Thesis: The author regards "new temperance" as a strategy to serve the interests of the social class and the movement of the mass society.

About the author: DAVID WAGNER is an associate professor of social work and sociology at the University of Southern Maine. In a recently published "Homeless International Perspective" [Greenwood Press], he published a section titled "Reinterpreting the Poor People of No Value, From Morbidity to Rebellion." His recent work, "New Temperance," is the subject of the Boston Globe and the comments of the Texas Observer and the Maine Times.

The quality of the book:

The paper used in this publication meets the requirements of the National Printing Library Materials Permanent Standard Z39.48-1984.

There are no special features in this book, such as pictures or maps, color plates, etc. The book has an attractive cover that conveys more or less the content of the book. This book is a good book for anyone interested in social and cultural issues, especially in American studies.

The author's purpose: David Wagner provides "new temperance" for the drug war, combating smoking, controlling children to watch on television, monitoring the Internet, and continuing warnings about food and lectures on adolescent sexuality.

“Although the fascination with American behavior in the past two decades has greatly reversed the liberation trend in the 1960s and early 1970s, the new alcoholism believes that this behavior is similar to the social movements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The temperature is similar. The society is pure, as well as the deputy and vigilant movements."

“The new temperance challenges the media and the constant mantra in the political debate about the dangers of individual behavior and challenges the United States’ love of repression. Drawing on history, sociology and philosophical data, the author believes that new temperance is a strategy and dominance that serves the country. The social class interests and the popular social movements that form a consensus alliance between the traditionally defined right-wing and left-wing elements."


Some books that are written differently and that have different perspectives attempt to reveal to the public and policy makers the absolute uselessness of the banned substances.

In general, this book attempts to explore American behavior in the past few decades. In David Wagner's book, we have a strong historical and sociological analysis of Americans' obsession with sin and sin. Finally, we will understand the current bans related to American tradition, religion, and political nature. It discusses how Americans accept abnormal behaviors and answers this question. The author reviews the past review of social movements, one of which is new temperance and gives us a historical perspective. Professor Wagner studied the causes and deep roots of the happiness suppression of certain personal behaviors in the United States from the 19th century temperance and "social purity" movement to the 21st century. With regard to these movements, he studied how American media and political elites deal with American behavior. Finally, we will see how social conservatism leads to a serious crisis of social class reproduction and how political parties approach new temperance.

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