Moral Panics

Moral Panics

by Kenneth Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415119766

ISBN-13: 9780415119764

Pub. Date: 03/12/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This concise guide presents and compares the various different approaches that have been adopted in studies of moral panics and integrates concepts such as 'risk' which have been developed in related fields. With the increasing number of moral panics in recent years triggered by incidents such as the Bulger child murder by other children and the spread of AIDS, this…  See more details below

Overview

This concise guide presents and compares the various different approaches that have been adopted in studies of moral panics and integrates concepts such as 'risk' which have been developed in related fields. With the increasing number of moral panics in recent years triggered by incidents such as the Bulger child murder by other children and the spread of AIDS, this book examines their wider significance, particularly in terms of the functioning of the mass media. In this book, Kenneth Thompson traces the developments in moral panic studies and also reintroduces some of the initial broader relevance of this field by treating moral panics not simply as separate episodes but in relation to systems of representation and regulation, and as symptoms of wider social and cultural tensions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415119764
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/12/1998
Series:
Key Ideas Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1'Why the Panic?' - The Topicality of the Concept of Moral Panics1
2The Classic Moral Panic - Mods and Rockers31
3Moral Panics About Youth43
4Moral Panic About Mugging57
5Moral Panics About Sex and AIDS72
6Family, Children and Violence87
7Female Violence and Girl Gangs111
8Moral Panics About Sex on the Screen121
Conclusion139
References143
Name Index149
Subject Index152

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