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1st Edition

Moral Panics

ISBN 9780415119771
Published April 23, 1998 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

It is widely acknowledged that this is the age of moral panics. From the Bulger case to mad cow disease, newspaper headlines continually warn of some new danger and television programmes echo the theme with sensational docmenturies.
This concise survey will help student trace the development of ideas of moral panic and to analyse how changing public perceptions are shaped and reflected through the media over time. Using examples drawn from:
* club culture and raves
* mugging
* sex and AIDS
* children, violence and the family.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 ‘Why the Panic?’ — The Topicality of the Concept of Moral Panics; Chapter 2 The Classic Moral Panic—Mods and Rockers; Chapter 3 Moral Panics about Youth; Chapter 4 Moral Panic about Mugging; Chapter 5 Moral Panics about Sex and Aids; Chapter 6 Family, Children and Violence; Chapter 7 Female Violence and Girl Gangs; Chapter 8 Moral Panics about Sex on the Screen; Conclusion;

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Kenneth Thompson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University.