Folk Devils and Moral Panics


This third edition will publish on the 30th anniversary of its original publication. Stanley Cohen's study of Mods and Rockers in the 1960's was a foundational text both in terms of investigating the workings of subcultural groups and identifying the concept of a 'moral panic' generated by the media, which lead to groups being vilified in the popular imagination, and inhibits rational debate about solutions to the social problems such groups represent. Cohen's classic study of 'deviant' subcultures and the 'moral panic' they generate is reissued with a new author's introduction commenting on the demonization of asylum seekers (refugees) and on the recent 'name and shame' campaign against pedophiles.
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'...a brilliant and sutble exercise in "grounded theory".' Stuart Hall, Emeritus Professor, The Open University

'Richly documented and convincingly presented' New Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136807046
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Professor Stanley Cohen is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. He received the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology (1985) and is on the Board of the International Council on Human Rights. He is a member of the British Academy.

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Table of Contents

Moral Panics as Cultural Politics: Introduction to the Third Edition
Selected Reading List (1982-2002)
Preface to First Edition
Symbols of Trouble: Introduction to the Second Edition
1 Deviance and Moral Panics 1
The Transactional Approach to Deviance 3
Deviance and the Mass Media 7
The Case of the Mods and Rockers 9
2 The Inventory 16
Exaggeration and Distortion 19
Prediction 26
Symbolization 27
The Inventory as Manufactured News 30
3 Reaction: Opinion and Attitude Themes 35
Orientation 37
Images 39
Causation 46
Differential Reaction 49
Modes and Models of Explanation 56
4 Reaction: The Rescue and Remedy Phases 59
Sensitization 59
The Societal Control Culture 65
The Exploitative Culture 115
5 On the Beaches: The Warning and the Impact 120
Setting the Stage: The Warning Phase 120
The Crowd Scenes 124
The Audience 133
The Mass Media 135
The Control Agents 140
Summary 145
6 Contexts and Backgrounds: Youth in the Sixties 149
The Emergence of the Mods and Rockers 150
The Sociology of Moral Panics 161
Coming to an End 167
App.: Sources of Data 173
Notes and References 178
General Index 191
Author Index 199
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