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Prof. Bryan Fanning | New Book | Mar 2023

Public Morality and the Culture Wars: The Triple Divide

(opens in a new window)Bryan Fanning
University College Dublin, Ireland

Book details:



Published:30 Mar 2023Publisher:Emerald Publishing LimitedDimensions:232 pages - 152 x 229 x 12.29mm


How is public morality understood in the twenty-first century, and what effect does this have on legislation and social policy?

Public Morality and the Culture Warsis a strictly non-polemical analysis of the intellectual and ideological conflicts at the heart of the ‘culture wars’. Taking debates on human nature, sexuality, gender identity, abortion, censorship, and free speech, Bryan Fanning offers an accessible analysis of modern public morality, identifying a ‘triple divide’ between conservative, liberal and progressive viewpoints.

A nuanced analysis of ‘culture wars’ now dividing Anglophone democracies is badly needed.Public Morality and the Culture Warsmakes a vibrant and invigorating contribution to the debate, essential reading for scholars and students in the fields of social policy, law, politics, philosophy, sociology and social justice.


Chapter 1. Enforcing Morals
Chapter 2. Theologies of Public Morality
Chapter 3. The Sovereign Self
Chapter 4. Liberalism, Free Speech and Intolerance
Chapter 5. Religion, Prohibition and Censorship
Chapter 6. Civil Religions
Chapter 7. Abortion Moralities
Chapter 8. Sex Differences and Gender Identities
Chapter 9. The Future of Public Morality

About The Author:

Bryan Fanning is Professor of Migration and Social Policy at University College Dublin, Ireland. As a social scientist, Bryan relishes multidisciplinary approaches to the study of social questions. His research interests also include the modernisation of Irish society and he has written several books on the topic including Histories of the Irish Future (2014), Migration and the Making of Ireland (2018) and Three Roads to the Welfare State: Liberalism, Social Democracy and Christian Democracy (2021).

For a review copy of Public Morality and the Culture Wars or for an interview with Bryan Fanning, please contact: Katherine Lowe, The Oxford Publicity Partnership Ltd,

Tel: 07887 948795 or email: (opens in a new window)katherine.lowe@oppuk.co.uk

For further information please email Professor Bryan Fanning; email address: (opens in a new window)Bryan.Fanning@ucd.ie 

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