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The Culture of Public Problems
Author: Joseph R. Gusfield

ISBN: 9780226310947
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 17 December 1979
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.6 x 1.5
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"Everyone knows 'drunk driving' is a 'serious' offense. And yet, everyone knows lots of 'drunk drivers' who don't get involved in accidents, don't get caught by the police, and manage to compensate adequately for their 'drunken disability.' Everyone also knows of 'drunk drivers' who have been arrested and gotten off easy. Gusfield's book dissects the conventional wisdom about 'drinking-driving' and examines the paradox of a 'serious' offense that is usually treated lightly by the judiciary and rarely carries social stigma."--Mac Marshall, "Social Science and Medicine "
"A sophisticated and thoughtful critic. . . . Gusfield argues that the 'myth of the killer drunk' is a creation of the 'public culture of law.' . . . Through its dramatic development and condemnation of the anti-social character of the drinking-driver, the public law strengthens the illusion of moral consensus in American society and celebrates the virtues of a sober and orderly world."--James D. Orcutt, "Sociology and Social Research"
"Joseph Gusfield denies neither the role of alcohol in highway accidents nor the need to do something about it. His point i...

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