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Compromising Positions – Sex Scandals, Politics, and American Christianity - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Compromising Positions: Sex Scandals, Politics, and American Christianity

Leslie Dorrough Smith


Compromising Positions argues that sex scandals aren’t really about sex. Rather, they are a form of cultural theater—a moment of highly visible, public storytelling—the purpose of which is to use specific racial and gendered symbols to create a collective sense of national worth and strength. To arrive at this conclusion, the book charts the ways in which attitudes about gender, race, and religion are woven together to create a certain sort of rhetoric about what America is, who is eligible to formally represent it, and what types of religiosity such leaders must display in order to legitimize ... More

Keywords: sex scandal, politician, gender, race, religion, evangelical, Christian nation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190924072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190924072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Dorrough Smith, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Affiliate Faculty, Avila University

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