Chapter 1. Enter the Moral Panic

  1. Erich Goode and
  2. Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch1

Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition

Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition

How to Cite

Goode, E. and Ben-Yehuda, N. (2009) Enter the Moral Panic, in Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 AUG 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189347

Online ISBN: 9781444307924

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Keywords:

  • moral panic scenario - the entry;
  • moral panics - spreading from one community to another;
  • media reaction;
  • Clacton disturbances - youth violence and seaside disturbances;
  • “Youngsters Beat Up Town” - claims the Daily Express;
  • public concerns - for classic moral panic eruption;
  • Cohen's “community sensitization” - press and police reaction toward designated behavior;
  • moral panic and media, public, and agents of social control reactions;
  • actors in the drama of moral panic;
  • folk devil, “suitable enemy” - threatening or damaging behavior or condition

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Enter Stanley Cohen

  • Actors in the Drama of the Moral Panic

  • Folk Devils and Moral Panics: Additional Features

  • The Contribution of the Moral Panics Concept

  • Cultural Politics

  • Summary