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Governing Morals: A Social History of Moral Regulation

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ISBN13: 9780521646895
ISBN: 0521646898
Published: January 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £30.99

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This evocative and broad-ranging book traces the history of moral regulation in Britain and the US from the late seventeenth century to the present day. Specific coverage is given to movements such as the Society for the Reformation of Manners and the Vice Society, the sexual abuse and anti-pornography movements, and contemporary self-help movements. Hunt argues that the main impetus for moral regulations often stems from the middle classes, rather than those with institutional power, but most significantly they provide classic instances of the intimate link between the ‘governance of others’ and the ‘governance of the self’. Using the work of Foucault, this book analyses how projects of self-regulation can manifest themselves into the regulation of others. Concurrent with this is the rise of health discourses, which play a central role in contemporary discussions of moral governance.

  • First comparative study of moral regulation movements in Britain and US
  • Highlights contemporary moral concerns in the light of their precursors, comparing continuities and differences
  • Situates feminist moral activism in both its formative period and contemporary manifestations

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Legal History
1. The theory and politics of moral regulation
2. Compulsion to virtue: societies for the reformation of manners and the prosecution of vice
3. Moral regulation from above: the vice society
4. From sexual purity to social hygiene, 1870–1918
5. Moral regulation in America
6. Sexual purity, maternal feminism and class in late-Victorian Britain
7. Traditionalizing moral regulation: making sense of contemporary moral politics.