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Author Edgley, Charles.

Title A nation of meddlers / Charles Edgley, Dennis Brissett
Published Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 1999


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Description xiii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. America: A Nation of Meddlers -- 2. The Roots of Meddling -- 3. Running Scared: The Appeal and Acceptance of Meddling -- 4. The Ideologies of Meddling -- 5. Types of Meddlers -- 6. Marketing Meddling -- 7. Meddling and the Social Bond -- 8. Conclusion: Toward A Less Meddlesome Society
Summary There was a time when the phrase "It's none of your business" meant something. Not anymore. A boorish and persistent army of meddlers, equipped with righteous indignation and a formidable array of theories and technologies, has made almost everyone's business its own. Meddling in the lives of others is now the republic's most visible obsession. Working within the symbolic interactionist tradition of cultural analysis and criticism, Charles Edgley and Dennis Brissett analyze this emergent phenomenon with insightful and provocative descriptions about how we came to be this way, why meddling is so appealing, and how meddling is packaged and marketed. Their conclusion offers wise and sometimes witty cautions about the proper relationship between the individual and society
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Liberty.
Privacy -- United States.
Social control -- United States.
Social reformers -- United States.
United States -- Social policy.
Author Brissett, Dennis.
LC no. 98045152
ISBN 0813333075 (alk. paper)
0813333083 (paperback)