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Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Roger Lancaster


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 fear in the United States today. The logic of sex panic is essentially promiscuous; its forms disseminate throughout the body politic. Over time the same techniques that perpetually propagate these panics have been adapted to other causes and have become engines for the production of laws having nothing to do with sex. The history of modern sex panics is a closely sequenced one. The pernicious effect ... More

Keywords: Sex panic, victimization, fear, United States, homosexuality, punitive governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255654
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Lancaster, author