Sex and Politics

The Family and Morality in the Thatcher Years

  • Authors
  • Martin Durham
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Martin Durham
    Pages 1-4
  3. Martin Durham
    Pages 16-38
  4. Martin Durham
    Pages 99-122
  5. Martin Durham
    Pages 143-160
  6. Martin Durham
    Pages 161-178
  7. Martin Durham
    Pages 179-179
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-209

About this book

Introduction

Since Margaret Thatcher's election in 1979, a recurrent theme in government rhetoric has centred around the family and moral values. During its years in office, the government has passed legislation on sex education and obscenity and been involved in battles over abortion, contraception for under-16s and other issues. This study examines the work of moral crusades during the Thatcher years and their relationship to the government and the New Right and challenges those accounts which see Thatcherism as pursuing a consistent moralist agenda and which equate anti-abortion campaigners or critics of sex education with America's Moral Majority. '...as a comparatively short book, an enormous amount is crammed in without adversely affecting readability. I found the chapter on abortion masterly...this is a publication I heartily recommend...informative, readable.' Diane Munday, The Freethinker

Keywords

government morality politics violence

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