1st Edition

The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics

Edited By Charles Krinsky Copyright 2013
    500 Pages
    by Routledge

    500 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics offers a comprehensive assemblage of cutting-edge critical and theoretical perspectives on the concept of moral panic. All chapters represent original research by many of the most influential theorists and researchers now working in the area of moral panic, including Nachman Ben-Yehuda and Erich Goode, Joel Best, Chas Critcher, Mary deYoung, Alan Hunt, Toby Miller, Willem Schinkel, Kenneth Thompson, Sheldon Ungar, and Grazyna Zajdow. Chapters come from a range of disciplines, including media studies, literary studies, history, legal studies, and sociology, with significant new elaborations on the concept of moral panic (and its future), informed and powerful critiques, and detailed empirical studies from several continents. A clear and comprehensive survey of a concept that is increasingly influential in a number of disciplines as well as in popular culture, this collection of the latest research in the field addresses themes including the evolution of the moral panic concept, sex panics, media panics, moral panics over children and youth, and the future of the moral panic concept.

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    Notes on Contributors


    Introduction: The Moral Panic Concept (Charles Krinsky)

    Part I The Evolution of The Moral Panic Concept


    1. The Genealogy and Trajectory of the Moral Panic Concept (Erich Goode and Nachman Ben-Yehuda)

    2. Tracking Moral Panic as a Concept (Toby Miller)

    3. Assemblages of Moral Politics: Yesterday and Today (Alan Hunt)

    4. The Problems with Moral Panic: The Concept’s Limitations (Joel Best)



    5. Public Punitiveness, Mediation, and Expertise in Sexual Psychopath Policies (Chrysanthi S. Leon and John J. Brent)

    6. Revelation and Cardinals’ Sins: Moral Panic over "Pedophile Priests" in the United States (Pamela D. Schultz)

    7. The Demise of the Same Sex Marriage Panic in Massachusetts (Jaime McCauley)

    8. Considering the Agency of Folk Devils (Mary DeYoung)



    9. From Nickel Madness to the House of Dreams: Moral Panic and the Emergence of American Cinema (Charles Krinsky)

    10. Sexual Predators, Internet Addiction, and Other Media Myths: Moral Panic and the Disappearance of Brandon Crisp (Patricia Molloy)

    11. MyMoralPanic: Adolescents, Social Networking, and Child Sex Crime Panic (Samantha A. Smith and Simon A. Cole)



    12. Moral Panics and the Young: The James Bulger Murder, 1993 (Máire Messenger Davies)

    13. Children Pushed Aside: Moral Panic over the Family and the State in Contemporary Poland (Magdalena Rek-Woźniak and Wojciech Woźniak)

    14. Moral Panics versus Youth Problem Debates: Three Conceptual Insights from the Study of Japanese Youth (Tuukka Toivonen)



    15. Governing Through Moral Panic: The Governmental Uses of Fear (Willem Schinkel)

    16. Hidden in Plain Sight: Moral Panics and the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Natália De’ Carli and Mariano Pérez Humanes)

    17. Intermedia Agenda Setting and the Construction of Moral Panics: On the Media and Policy Influence of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic (Bryan E. Denham)

    18. I Vote and I Tote: Moral Panics, Resistance, and the Failure of Quiet Regulation (Grazyna Zajdow)

    19. Is This One It? Viral Moral Panics (Sheldon Ungar)



    20. A Missing Dimension: The Social Psychology of Moral Panics (Chas Critcher and Julia Pearce)

    21. Cultural Trauma and Moral Panic: 9/11 and the Mosque at Ground Zero Affair (Kenneth Thompson)

    22. Moral Panics over the Environment? "Climate Crisis" and the Moral Panics Model (Amanda Rohloff)

    23. Practicing Moral Panic Research: A Hybrid Model with Guidelines for Its Application (Brian V. Klocke and Glenn W. Muschert)

    Appendix I: Alternative Thematizations for Classroom Use and Course

    Reading Lists

    Appendix II Moral Panic: A Bibliography



    Charles Krinsky has taught at several colleges and universities in the United States, including the University of California, Irvine, and the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is editor of Moral Panics over Contemporary Children and Youth.

    'I know of no other book that comes close to providing such a comprehensive look at the history of approaches to understanding moral panics, along with contemporary applications and prospects for future development.'

    Barry Glassner, Lewis & Clark College, USA and author of The Culture of Fear

    'The Ashgate Companion has drawn together a comprehensive, considered and balanced group of scholarly papers that provide ways of understanding the moral panic phenomenon. Like all works by this publisher, there is a comprehensive bibliography and an excellent index as well a class notes to guide teachers in examining this fascinating and highly contested topic.'

    M/C Reviews

    'Charles Krinsky’s edited collection, The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics, is a timely intervention that offers a comprehensive range of critical perspectives and empirical studies from a cross-section of international scholars and disciplinary backgrounds, including media studies, literary studies, history, legal studies and sociology... it fulfils its promise to provide a ’comprehensive survey of a concept that is increasingly influential in a number of disciplines as well as in popular culture.' (book blurb)

    'As a research companion, the collection offers both students and scholars a solid grounding in the theoretical origins and critiques of what is clearly still an evolving concept.'

    Media International Australia

    'In embracing this concept so comprehensively, the volume has much to offer, and Krinsky’s overviews preceding each section are a helpful feature. It will no doubt prove effective in keeping the moral panic concept vital and useful.'

    European Journal of Communication

    'Krinsky’s edited collection offers a range of interesting case studies that highlight refreshing ways to apply the concept, with sound theoretical reflections for taking it forward.... This book adds an interesting and creative element to the concept as a whole and, with an array of case studies.'