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Sex Panic and the Punitive State  by Roger N. LancasterSex 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.

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