Fundamental Differences brings together lucid interdisciplinary critiques of social conservative politics and ideas in the areas of welfare, family and school policy, gender representation, and conservative doctrine. The distinguished group of authors responds directly to New Right political discourse, identifying key ambiguities, ideological convictions, and methodological problems.
Cynthia Burack is associate professor of women's studies at The Ohio State University. Jyl J. Josephson is assistant professor of political science at Illinois State University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I Taking Issue: Inquiries on Methods Chapter 3 They Blinded Me with Science: Misuse and Misunderstanding of Biological Theory Chapter 4 (How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter? Chapter 5 The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse Research Chapter 6 Defense Mechanisms: Using Psychoanalysis Conservatively Chapter 7 A Liberal Dose of Conservatism: The 'New Consensus' on Welfare and Other Strange Synergies Part 8 II Intimate Politics: Gender, Families, and Sexuality Chapter 9 Reading the Rhetoric of 'Compassionate Conservatism' Chapter 10 'Family Values': Social Conservative Power in Diverse Rhetorics Chapter 11 Not Really a 'New Attitude': Dr. Laura on Gender and Morality Chapter 12 Neo-Patriarchy and the Antihomosexual Agenda Chapter 13 The Missing Children: Safe Schools for Some Chapter 14 Leaving Children Behind: Criminalizing Youth in American Schools Chapter 15 From Welfare to Wedlock: Marriage Promotion and Poor Mothers' Inequality