Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britian

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Intimate Enemies describes the creation of a journalistically induced panic in Great Britain during the the 1980s - a decade of intense concern about a closely related set of perceived problems: sexual abuse of children, child pornography, satanic rituals, and serial murder. It was widely alleged that such practices became more common during the decade, and the notoriety attracted major attention from the mass media, as well as from agencies in law enforcement, social welfare, and mental health. Jenkins' book ...
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Intimate Enemies describes the creation of a journalistically induced panic in Great Britain during the the 1980s - a decade of intense concern about a closely related set of perceived problems: sexual abuse of children, child pornography, satanic rituals, and serial murder. It was widely alleged that such practices became more common during the decade, and the notoriety attracted major attention from the mass media, as well as from agencies in law enforcement, social welfare, and mental health. Jenkins' book traces how such problems were reformulated in the course of the decade, and how they came to be seen as major menaces to society. It discusses the motivations of those who knowingly or otherwise disseminated misleading and exaggerated claims, and seeks to explain why these claims gained such widespread credence. Jenkins suggests that these newly defined "problems" aroused concern because they focussed upon broadly-held fears about changes in British society and national identity. In addition, the alleged threats to children provided a weapon for various political groups in their campaigns: for conservatives opposed to perceived moral "permissiveness," and also for radical feminists seeking to promote an ideological agenda of their own.
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“A thorough and informative study of how social panics about perceived moral dangers to children were created and maintained in the Britain of the 1980s. Jenkins (Pennsylvania State Univ.) examines the social context of changing values and political and economic climates supporting beliefs that child abuse, pedophilia, and even satanism were rampant threats to social order, to explain the panic over apparent ritual abuse of children that broke out in 1990-91... This solid, well-written contribution can be read profitably by everyone with an interest in modern British society. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty.” M. J. Moore, ChoiceIntimate Enemies describes the creation of a journalistically induced panic in Great Britain during the 1980s—a decade of intense concern about a closely related set of perceived problems: abuse of children, child pornography, satanic rituals, and serial murder. The book traces how such problems were reformulated in the course of the decade, and how they served as a focus for broadly held fears about changes in British society and national identity…. Intimate Enemies is an important addition to the field of collective behavior and social movements.” —Karen Glumm, American Journal of Sociology
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Philip Jenkins is Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University. His publications include books as well as numerous articles in historical and criminological journals. His major interests involve the means by which social problems are constructed and presented in politics and the media.

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