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What is especially noteworthy about this American trend is the degree to which it is exceptional on the world scene. At a time when the legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships has been proceeding apace in advanced industrial nations around the world most notably, in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Canada, Germany, and Hungary and partially or locally in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdomthe efforts of U.
Ever since Edwin Sutherland observed in his classic article that "dangerous and futile laws are being diffused with considerable rapidity" and asked, "What is the explanation of this diffusion of laws which have little or no merit? While a small but fruitful set of studies has emerged around this concept, especially in criminology, the identification of a moral panic can be no more than the start of an analysis, not its conclusion.
As Angela McRobbie and Sarah Thornton argue, the moral panic idea has tended to function as something of a taxonomy: The use of the concept "American exceptionalism" pays homage to Seymour Martin Lipset's comparative approach to the general question.
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