Sex Panic and the Punitive State
by Roger N. Lancaster
University of California Press. 328 pages, $24.95 (paper)
SEX PANIC and the Punitive State is part polemic, part social history, and part personal story about the policing of sexual behavior in the United States. As I read the book, the policing of sexual behavior was very much in the news: the sexting scandal of now former Congressman Anthony Weiner and the arrest of IMF Chair Dominique Strauss–Kahn were competing as the distractions du jour.