Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 19, 2010 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Packed with new examples and material, this second edition provides a fully up-to-date exploration of the genesis, dynamics, and demise of moral panics and their impacts on the societies in which they take place.
  • Packed with updated and recent examples including terrorism, the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Towers, school shootings, flag burning, and the early-2000s resurgence of the “sex slave” scare
  • Includes a new chapter on the media, currently regarded as a major component of the moral panic
  • Devotes a chapter to addressing criticisms of the first edition as well as the moral panics concept itself
  • Written by long-established experts in the field
  • Designed to fit both self-contained courses on moral panics and wider courses on deviance
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 Enter the Moral Panic
20
2 The Moral Panic An Introduction
34
3 Three Theories of the Moral Panic
51
4 The Moral Panic Meets Its Critics
73
5 The Media Ignite and Embody the Moral Panic
88
6 Deviance Morality and Criminal Law
109
7 Collective Behavior
129
9 Social Problems
150
10 The Renaissance Witch Craze
168
11 Drug Abuse Panics
197
12 The Feminist AntiPornography Crusade
218
Epilogue The Demise and Institutionalization of the Moral Panic
245
References
251
Author Index
270
Subject Index
275

8 Social Movements
141

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About the author (2010)

Erich Goode is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His previous books include The Marijuana Smokers (1970), Collective Behavior (1992), Deviance in Everyday Life (2002), Extreme Deviance (edited with Angus Vail, 2008), Drugs in American Society (7th edition, 2008), and Deviant Behavior (8th edition, 2008).

Nachman Ben-Yehuda is Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His publications include Deviance and Moral Boundaries (1985), The Politics and Morality of Deviance (1990), Political Assassinations by Jews: A Rhetorical Device for Justice (1993), The Masada Myth (1995), Betrayals and Treason (2001), and Selective Remembrances (edited with Philip Kohl and Mara Kozelsky, 2007).

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