Moral Panics

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415119764
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/12/1998
  • Series: Key Ideas Series
  • Pages: 176
  • 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 Panics 1
2 The Classic Moral Panic - Mods and Rockers 31
3 Moral Panics About Youth 43
4 Moral Panic About Mugging 57
5 Moral Panics About Sex and AIDS 72
6 Family, Children and Violence 87
7 Female Violence and Girl Gangs 111
8 Moral Panics About Sex on the Screen 121
Conclusion 139
References 143
Name Index 149
Subject Index 152
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