Folk Devils and Moral Panics: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

Stanley Cohen's study of Mods and Rockers in the 1960s 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 leads to groups being vilified in the popular imagination, and inhibits rational debate about solutions to the social problems such groups represent. The insights Cohen provides into subculture and mass morality are as relevant today as they were when the book was originally published in 1972, as illustrated by the author's introduction for this new edition, in which he tracks moral panics over the last thirty years, commenting on the demonization of young offenders and asylum seekers and on the News of the World's 'name and shame' campaign against paedophiles.
Revisiting the theory of moral panic and exploring the way in which the concept has been used, this new edition features a select bibliography of key texts for further reading. The third edition of Folk Devils and Moral Panics makes available a valuable and widely recommended text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415267120
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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