Unit III: Major Debates in Legal Studies Week 11B November 21, 2013
What is “Moral Regulation” and what are
Intersection of class and gender
o People oppose obscenity because they believe obscenity to be immoral … but does this
really explain anything?
Requires more analysis
o Idea that obscenity is harmful can be explained more effectively
o Closer look at the moralized subjects (source)
Question for your consideration: If “bad habits” are merely the symptoms (and not the cause)
of deeper social problems, can moral regulation ever be effective?
What is the “middle class”?
Beisel’s and Wagner’s shared view:
Moral regulation arises from middle class anxiety
Middle class as main agents of moralization
‘middle class’ as a category is too broad
o Need to describe it more clearly
o Behaviour, salary, etc.
3 segment that make-up the ‘middle class’:
1. Petty bourgeoisie
Distinguished as the not as important people
Self-employed, i.e. farmers, entrepreneurs
Capitalist corporations, businesses
Collectively organized occupations
May all be the middle class but can have opposing interests Uni