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dc.contributor.advisorCallahan, Richard J., 1967-eng
dc.contributor.authorWright, Darren R., 1983-eng
dc.date.issued2011eng
dc.date.submitted2011 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on July 14, 2011).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Professor Richard Callahan.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2011.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Religious studies.eng
dc.description.abstractTrue Love Waits was created in 1993 with the intention of encouraging teens to refrain from premarital sexual activity. Despite the efforts of TLW most studies show rates of sexual activity for teens have remained relatively steady and that the majority of teens (including TLW participants) continue to participate in premarital sexual activity. In light of this apparent failure it seems reasonable to question why an organization like TLW continues to exist. In this paper I examine TLW to determine why it exists and what its primary motives are. I utilize Joseph R. Gusfield's theory of Symbolic Crusades and Status Politics as a lens through which the symbolic value of TLW can be further explored and understood. I evaluate TLW as a symbolic crusade proposing that the organization exists not only to prevent premarital sexual activity, but also to provide TLW participants with a sense of belonging and status by reinforcing their identity as Christian virgins through conferences, media, public action, and popular culture.eng
dc.format.extentv, 124 pageseng
dc.identifier.otherWrightD-050911-T6297eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/11525eng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2011 Freely available theses (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2011Theseseng
dc.subjectTrue Love Waitseng
dc.subject.lcshSexual abstinence -- Religious aspectseng
dc.subject.lcshTeenagers -- Religious lifeeng
dc.subject.lcshSexual ethics for teenagerseng
dc.subject.lcshTeenagers -- Sexual behavioreng
dc.subject.lcshChristian teenagers -- Sexual behavioreng
dc.subject.lcshChastityeng
dc.titleTrue love waits?: an examination of the motives and methods of the True Love Waits organizationeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineReligious studies (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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