Chapter 4. The Moral Panic Meets Its Critics

  1. Erich Goode and
  2. Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch4

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 Meets Its Critics, in Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch4

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 meeting its critics;
  • Waddington's concept of moral panic and criteria of disproportion being met;
  • Cornwell and Linders in LSD scare not a moral panic;
  • stereotyping, exaggeration, distortion, and sensitization;
  • LSD panic - gullibility of media and public in believing outlandish, false, or exaggerated claims;
  • LSD pathology - was news and non-pathology was not;
  • use of LSD - threat to American society;
  • moral panics - struggles over symbolic representations;
  • Beck and Ungar and the Risk Society, Ulrich Beck's Risk Society (1992);
  • Stuart Waiton's concept of moral panic - “a new framework of amoral panics”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Waddington: The Issue of Disproportion

  • Cornwell and Linders: The LSD Scare was not a Moral Panic

  • Beck and Ungar: The Risk Society

  • Stuart Waiton: The Amoral Panic

  • Summary