Chapter 2. The Moral Panic: An Introduction

  1. Erich Goode and
  2. Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch2

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) The Moral Panic: An Introduction, in Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch2

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:

  • societies or sectors in the grip of moral panics;
  • society's harboring and expressing feelings - of evildoers posing threat to society;
  • elements of moral panic - level of concern over behavior of groups;
  • increased level of hostility toward groups or category;
  • moral panic - substantial or widespread agreement or consensus;
  • elitist conception of moral panics - public concern being irrelevant;
  • locating moral panic and measure of objective harm;
  • empirical nature of given threat determining degree of disproportion;
  • criteria of disproportion;
  • moral panic - not an inherently ideological concept

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Elements of the Moral Panic

  • The Locus of Moral Panics

  • Criteria of Disproportion

  • Moral Panics: An Inherently Ideological Concept?

  • Moral Panics: Four Overlapping Territories

  • Summary