The Strange Death of Moral Britain

The Strange Death of Moral Britain

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In the last half of the twentieth century, a once respectable and religious Britain became a seriously violent and dishonest society, one in which person and property were at risk, family breakdown was ubiquitous, and drug and alcohol abuse was rising. The Strange Death of Moral Britain demonstrates in detail the roots of Britains moral decline. It also shows how a society, strongly Protestant in both morality and identity, became one of the most secular societies in the world. Based on detailed scholarship, it is tightly argued and clearly written with a minimum of jargon.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765802236
  • 9780765802231

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-Davies (emer., sociology, Univ. of Reading) argues that in the course of the 20th century, Great Britain went from a law-abiding society to a violent and disobedient community... This is an interesting... book for readers concerned with social and moral issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.- --L. J. Satre, Choice -Although focused on Britain, Christie Davies's well-documented social-historical study addresses several of the major problems and perplexities of the Western World in our times, preminently the impact of secularization.... The study also illuminates the changing conceptions of human nature and their impact on social controls and policies, in particular the shift from a morally autonomous conception that entails free choice and individual responsibility.... a convincing demonstration of the importance and the influence of moral factors in criminal and other anti-social conduct in Great Britain.... - --Modern Age -Although focused on Britain, Christie Davies's well-documented social-historical study addresses several of the major problems and perplexities of the Western world in our times, preeminently the impact of secularization on moral standards and social order.- --Paul Hollander, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst "Davies (emer., sociology, Univ. of Reading) argues that in the course of the 20th century, Great Britain went from a law-abiding society to a violent and disobedient community... This is an interesting... book for readers concerned with social and moral issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." --L. J. Satre, Choice "Although focused on Britain, Christie Davies's well-documented social-historical study addresses several of the major problems and perplexities of the Western World in our times, preminently the impact of secularization.... The study also illuminates the changing conceptions of human nature and their impact on social controls and policies, in particular the shift from a morally autonomous conception that entails free choice and individual responsibility.... a convincing demonstration of the importance and the influence of moral factors in criminal and other anti-social conduct in Great Britain.... " --Modern Age "Although focused on Britain, Christie Davies's well-documented social-historical study addresses several of the major problems and perplexities of the Western world in our times, preeminently the impact of secularization on moral standards and social order." --Paul Hollander, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst "Davies (emer., sociology, Univ. of Reading) argues that in the course of the 20th century, Great Britain went from a law-abiding society to a violent and disobedient community... This is an interesting... book for readers concerned with social and moral issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." --L. J. Satre, Choice "Although focused on Britain, Christie Davies's well-documented social-historical study addresses several of the major problems and perplexities of the Western World in our times, preminently the impact of secularization.... The study also illuminates the changing conceptions of human nature and their impact on social controls and policies, in particular the shift from a morally autonomous conception that entails free choice and individual responsibility.... a convincing demonstration of the importance and the influence of moral factors in criminal and other anti-social conduct in Great Britain.... " "--Modern Age " "Although focused on Britain, Christie Davies's well-documented social-historical study addresses several of the major problems and perplexities of the Western world in our times, preeminently the impact of secularization on moral standards and social order." "--"Paul Hollander, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst "Although focused on Britain, Christie Davies's well-documented social-historical study addresses several of the major problems and perplexities of the Western World in our times, preeminently the impact of secularization on moral standards and social order.... The study also illuminates the changing conceptions of human nature and their impact on social controls and policies, in particular the shift from a morally autonomous conception that entails free choice and individual responsibility... a convincing demonstration of the importance and the influence of moral factors in criminal and other anti-social conduct in Great Britain.... "- " Modern Age " "Davies exhaustively traces the decline of religius observance in Britain during the past century and connects it to the nation's changing moral attitudes." - S.T. Karnick, "The National Interest" "How did the Britain of the early 1900's, with its historically low crime levels and enviable cohesiveness, become the Britain we simultaneously love and hate today? That is the central question addressed in " Strange Death"...The author's calm and balanced presentations of the arguments against abortion, homosexuality, divorce, and capital punishment certainly lead him to nontraditional (if interesting) conclusions-and sometimes to ambivalence."---Derek Turner, " Chronicles, A Magazine of American Culture"
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