Markets and Moral Regulation: Cultural Change in the by Paulette Kurzer

By Paulette Kurzer

What impression is industry integration having on nationwide cultures and social regulations? Paulette Kurzer examines Finnish and Swedish alcohol coverage, Dutch drug decriminalization coverage, and the Irish ban on abortion. She reveals that nearby integration is resulting in changes that carry abortion, drug coverage, and restrictive ingesting measures into nearer alignment in the european. Kurzer's end is that shifts in values and attitudes, affected partially via ecu marketplace integration, are bringing a couple of slow convergence in morality norms.

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Hurt, 1979), Appendix D, p. 222. Pertti Alasuutari, Desire and Craving: A Cultural Theory of Alcoholism (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992), 182, n. 2. Sulkunen, History of the Finnish Temperance Movement, 85. Alcohol control policy in Finland 35 the moral climate was opposed to alcohol and fostered a public mentality sympathetic to the goals of the teetotaler movement. But temperance activism itself appealed to a narrow group of individuals for whom teetotaler societies functioned as a surrogate to meet other needs.

This leads to the question of why values changed prior to the friction caused by the free movement of people. To be sure, the Single Market did not occasion a shift of values; rather, it enabled individuals to satisfy their new desires for cheap liquor or drugs or an abortion. 47 Irish sexual morality and Nordic views on drinking hark back to a different era when society relied on a single unifying moral authority to determine life choices. The morality frameworks lasted as long as they did because they spoke to certain prejudices and needs in each culture.

There is little compelling evidence that the Finnish nation indulged in braÈnnvin (schnapps) while neglecting its families, communities, and religious duties. Some individuals may have been incurable drunks but the average Finnish man (and woman) did not consume outsized quantities of hard liquor. Yet support for prohibition was genuine and drinking was viewed with true abhorrence. In 1885, 30,000 individuals in dozens of parishes signed a petition in favor of prohibition. At that time, the actual membership of the Friends of Temperance stood at 8,175.

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