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dc.contributor.advisorCallahan, Richard J., 1967-en_US
dc.contributor.authorWright, Darren R., 1983-en_US
dc.date.issued2011eng
dc.date.submitted2011 Springen_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on July 14, 2011).en_US
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.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Professor Richard Callahan.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2011.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Religious studies.en_US
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.en_US
dc.format.extentv, 124 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.otherWrightD-050911-T6297en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/11525
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2011 Freely available theses (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2011Theses
dc.subjectTrue Love Waitsen_US
dc.subject.lcshSexual abstinence -- Religious aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshTeenagers -- Religious lifeen_US
dc.subject.lcshSexual ethics for teenagersen_US
dc.subject.lcshTeenagers -- Sexual behavioren_US
dc.subject.lcshChristian teenagers -- Sexual behavioren_US
dc.subject.lcshChastityen_US
dc.titleTrue love waits?: an examination of the motives and methods of the True Love Waits organizationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineReligious studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineReligious studieseng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US


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