True love waits?: an examination of the motives and methods of the True Love Waits organization

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True love waits?: an examination of the motives and methods of the True Love Waits organization

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dc.contributor.advisor Callahan, Richard J., 1967- en_US
dc.contributor.author Wright, Darren R., 1983- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-30T17:39:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-30T17:39:41Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2011 Spring en_US
dc.identifier.other WrightD-050911-T6297 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/11525
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on July 14, 2011). en_US
dc.description The 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.description Thesis advisor: Professor Richard Callahan. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2011. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Religious studies. en_US
dc.description.abstract True 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.extent v, 124 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2011 Freely available theses (MU)
dc.subject True Love Waits en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual abstinence -- Religious aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teenagers -- Religious life en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual ethics for teenagers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teenagers -- Sexual behavior en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Christian teenagers -- Sexual behavior en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Chastity en_US
dc.title True love waits?: an examination of the motives and methods of the True Love Waits organization en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Religious studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2011Theses


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