The Limits of Idealism: When Good Intentions Go Bad
Sociology and Criminal Justice
This book demonstrates how and why morality can result in extremist behavior and advocates what the author calls 'critical idealism' as a way of life. The author discusses radical elements of the feminist, civil rights, and 'medicalist' movements as examples of the contemporary drift toward intolerance and incivility and demonstrates how idealism can contribute to misleading and dangerous behavior in some cases but in the right hands can result in positive social action.
Fein, M. L. (1999). The limits of idealism: When good intentions go bad. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.