Culture of Public Problems: Drinking-driving and the Symbolic Order

Gusfield, Joseph R.

Published by University of Chicago Press, 1981
ISBN 10: 0226310930 / ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

First Edition. Very light wear to book and DJ. Very lightly read. This work describes and analyzes the cognitive, moral and social framework in which a phenomenon is defined and treated as a public problem. Using drinking and driving as a case-example, the author presents a perspective on the study of public problems which emphasizes the role of language and ritual in creating a sense of order and authority in human behavior. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3 avg rating
(9 ratings)

Synopsis: "Everyone knows 'drunk driving' is a 'serious' offense. And yet, everyone knows lots of 'drunk drivers' who don't get involved in accidents, don't get caught by the police, and manage to compensate adequately for their 'drunken disability.' Everyone also knows of 'drunk drivers' who have been arrested and gotten off easy. Gusfield's book dissects the conventional wisdom about 'drinking-driving' and examines the paradox of a 'serious' offense that is usually treated lightly by the judiciary and rarely carries social stigma."—Mac Marshall, Social Science and Medicine

"A sophisticated and thoughtful critic. . . . Gusfield argues that the 'myth of the killer drunk' is a creation of the 'public culture of law.' . . . Through its dramatic development and condemnation of the anti-social character of the drinking-driver, the public law strengthens the illusion of moral consensus in American society and celebrates the virtues of a sober and orderly world."—James D. Orcutt, Sociology and Social Research

"Joseph Gusfield denies neither the role of alcohol in highway accidents nor the need to do something about it. His point is that the research we conduct on drinking-driving and the laws we make to inhibit it tells us more about our moral order than about the effects of drinking-driving itself. Many will object to this conclusion, but none can ignore it. Indeed, the book will put many scientific and legal experts on the defensive as they face Gusfield's massive erudition, pointed analysis and criticism, and powerful argumentation. In The Culture of Public Problems, Gusfield presents the experts, and us, with a masterpiece of sociological reasoning."—Barry Schwartz, American Journal of Sociology

This book is truly an outstanding achievement. . . . It is sociology of science, sociology of law, sociology of deviance, and sociology of knowledge. Sociologists generally should find the book of great theoretical interest, and it should stimulate personal reflection on their assumptions about science and the kind of consciousness it creates. They will also find that the book is a delight to read."—William B. Bankston, Social Forces

About the Author: Joseph Gusfield is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. The Culture of Public Problems was awarded the Charles Horton Cooley Award for 1983 by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Professor Gusfield's other books include Kenneth Burke: On Symbols and Society, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Culture of Public Problems: Drinking-driving...
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1981
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Joseph R. Gusfield
Published by University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks - Atlanta Book Co.
(Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Seller Inventory # G0226310930I5N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 20.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Gusfield, Joseph R.
Published by University of Chicago Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookmans
(Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Acceptable. Highlighting/Underlining/Notes etc. Some shelf wear. Stained Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Seller Inventory # mon0001048517

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 16.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Joseph R. Gusfield.
Published by University Of Chicago Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Brentwood Books
(Kinnelon, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: FINE. Like new book in almost like new dust jacket. This is a yellow hardcover, 1981, Univ of Chicago Press. No marks or writing. Dust jacket has slight wear. **We provide professional service and individual attention to your order, daily shipments, and sturdy packaging. FREE TRACKING ON ALL SHIPMENTS WITHIN USA. Seller Inventory # 54737

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 19.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.98
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Joseph R. Gusfield
Published by University of Chicago Press (1984)
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Minden, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1984. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0226310930-2-4

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 34.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Joseph R. Gusfield
Published by University of Chicago Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0226310930

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 29.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Gusfield, Joseph R.
Published by University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 0226310930 Like New Condition. Seller Inventory # LN7.0052906

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 46.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Gusfield, Joseph R.
Published by University of Chicago Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020226310930

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 53.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Gusfield, Joseph R.
Published by University of Chicago Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Seller Inventory # P010226310930

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 60.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Gusfield, Joseph R.
Published by University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0226310930 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0052906

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Gusfield, Joseph R.
Published by University of Chicago Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0226310930 ISBN 13: 9780226310930
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110226310930

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 66.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 2 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book