Moral Panics. The Social Construction of Deviance. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2245964
  • Book
  • 312 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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From the Renaissance witch craze to the denunciation of horror comics and rock and roll in the 1950s and flag burning in the late twentieth and the early twenty–first century, institutions and groups of individuals have mobilized around issues where they feel threatened.

This book introduces, describes, and analyzes the collective outbreaks of scares about threats or supposed threats from deviants or “folk devils,” a category of people who, some believe, engage in evil practices and are blamed for menacing the society’s culture, way of life, and central values.

Examining what motivates fear– and concern–inspired collective behavior, the second edition of Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance comprehensively updates this popular and highly–respected text, bringing in a host of new examples, and new chapters on the media and criticisms of the moral panics concept.

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Preface and Acknowledgements viii

Prologue 1

1 Enter the Moral Panic 20

2 The Moral Panic: An Introduction 34

3 Three Theories of the Moral Panic 51

4 The Moral Panic Meets Its Critics 73

5 The Media Ignite and Embody the Moral Panic 88

6 Deviance, Morality, and Criminal Law 109

7 Collective Behavior 129

8 Social Movements 141

9 Social Problems 150

10 The Renaissance Witch Craze 168

11 Drug Abuse Panics 197

12 The Feminist Anti–Pornography Crusade 218

Epilogue: The Demise and Institutionalization of the Moral Panic 245

References 251

Author Index 270

Subject Index 275

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"This close reading of the facts behind a media story are the essence of Goode and Ben–Yehuda′s work. They have taken the time and trouble to try and see what is a moral panic and what is true." (Metapsychology, March 2010)
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