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We Did What?! Offensive and Inappropriate Behavior in American History

by Timothy Jay(ed.)
We Did What?! Offensive and Inappropriate Behavior in American History by Timothy Jay
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The notion of what is offensive has evolved over time. But what factors dictate decorum and why does it change? This fascinating work delves into the history of "inappropriate" behavior in the United States, providing an in-depth look at what has been considered improper conduct throughout American history—and how it came to be deemed as such. The detailed narrative considers the impact of religion, sexuality, popular culture, technology, and politics on social graces, and it features more than 150 entries on topics considered taboo in American cultural history.

Organized alphabetically, topics include abortion, body odors, cannibalism, and voyeurism as well as modern-day examples like dumpster diving, breast feeding in public, and trolling. Each entry defines the behavior in question, provides an historical outline of the offensive behavior, and discusses its current status in American culture. Throughout the book, clear connections between offenses and social values illustrate the symbiotic relationship between popular opinion and acceptable behaviors of the time.

ABC-CLIO; November 2016
487 pages; ISBN 9781440837739
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Title: We Did What?! Offensive and Inappropriate Behavior in American History
Author: Timothy Jay
 
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9781440837722
9781440837739