- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2008 edition (October 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1403980691
- ISBN-13: 978-1403980694
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,671,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The overall portrait Fejes weaves is thorough, copiously documented, compelling, and valuable for all who wish to deepen their knowledge of U.S. gay history." - The Journal of American Culture
"This is an estimable book, the reading of which will benefit any historian of the post-World War II United States." - The Journal of American History
"Gay Rights and Moral Panic is a significant scholarly effort that illuminates the multifaceted dimensions of the gay rights debate in Dade County and its reverberation across the nation, and indeed around the world. This is an important book that is foundational for those interested in twentieth century LGBT history, social justice and human rights campaigns, the role of the religious right in late twentieth century politics, and the intersection of historicity, media representations, and identity." - Women s Studies in Communication
"Histories of the gay rights movement tend to concentrate on the Stonewall Riots, but Fejes offers a different perspective on the struggle for equal rights for gays and lesbians, as well as an account of the rise of the conservative Christian movement that explores in depth its relationship to the modern gay rights movement. After reading this extended narrative of political struggles to secure human rights for gays and lesbians, readers will be inclined explore how the struggle for gay rights compares to other notable struggles for justice and equality. Fejes narrative skill argues well that, regardless of the specific outcomes, a stronger, bolder homosexual identity as a political force emerged in the aftermath of the 1977 and 1978 campaigns." - Journal of Homosexuality
"Fred Fejes writes in an informative manner that still delights and inspires. Gay Rights and Moral Panic speaks to an audience with knowledge of gay history and media representation in the last century, and educates the uninitiated." - South Florida Gay News "Fejes forges through thickets of misinformation peddled by figures in the media, the government and the world of psychology from the '30s to the '70s before honing in on the key legislative battles that framed the ongoing debate about homosexual equality." - John Thomason, The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel"Best suited for readers who are interested in the detailed history of this particular time period of the GLBTQ movement, or social movements in general. Recommended." - CHOICE"Fejes offers a detailed chronicle of the course and local context of Bryant s 1977 crusade (her word) and useful summaries of six gay-rights referenda." - Journal of Social History"[Fejes is] the go-to guy for South Florida gay history." - Robert Rosenberg, founding director, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival"This clearly written book offers an excellent analysis of the development of gay and lesbian civil rights laws. It is chock full of interesting details and anecdotes that are essential to understanding the complex politics of this issue." - Susan Burgess, The Law and Politics Book Review"The fight for gay civil rights did not begin in Greenwich Village nor end in the Castro.There have been many battlefields in this long struggle and Miami has played a central role in our ongoing fight for equality.Gay Rights and Moral Panic will take a central place on the list of indispensable works for anyone wishing to understand the past - and the present - of sexual minorities in America." - Larry Gross, Professor and Director, USC Annenberg School for Communication
About the Author
FRED FEJES is a Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University, USA.
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I read this after seeing the movie MILK with Sean Penn. This book provides the larger background of what was shown in the movie. The author shows while Harvey Milk was important, the person probably most responsible for the defeat of the California anti-gay measure was Ronald Reagan.
I agree with the other review. While the book is an academic study, it is well written and can be easily read by anyone who wants to know about the background of the gay rights issue, Also it's a shame the price is so high. More people interested in gay history, particularly now when Obama says that he will do something about gay rights, should be able to buy this book.
The book is very useful as it examines in detail how the gay rights movement at that time fit into the overall context of minority rights politics of that era and the rise of the new religious right. The overall outcome of the campaigns were two fold: 1) lesbians and gay men could no longer hope to claim status as one of America's minority groups 2) however, there was little support to recriminalize and re- stigmatize homosexuality ( as had been the case in the 1950s). As a result the whole issue of the status of the gay and lesbian community and its rights has remained in limbo to this day.
An interesting aspect of this study is the role of the media in all of this and how these anti-gay campaigns had a major effect on the campaign for women's rights.
As the other reviewers noted, this book is a timely companion to the movie Milk as it provides an account of the larger background of the events that were shown in the movie.
The book centers on the Anita Bryant campaign and how this campaign mobilized the gay community to act politically on a national level. On a broader level, this book details the media's portrayal of gays prior to and after the campaign and how this shaped attitudes towards "homosexuals". Additionally, this book discusses the campaigns that occurred subsequently in other cities and how these campaigns shaped the formation of the religious right.
This book is detailed and academic, but it is also crafted for the non-academic reader interested in a well told story. Anyone with an interest in history or politics will enjoy this book, and it is an excellent companion to the movie "Milk".
The only drawback is the price of the book.Gay Rights and Moral Panic: The Origins of America's Debate on Homosexuality
Also interesting is the discussion of how these campaigns in America related to development of gay rights campaigns in Europe and Canada.
The author makes a good argument that these campaigns set the debate about gay rights for the next 25 years.
Overall a good read.