Chapter 7. Collective Behavior

  1. Erich Goode and
  2. Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch7

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) Collective Behavior, in Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch7

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:

  • collective behavior;
  • draft riots in New York - The mob lynching a negro in Clarkson Street;
  • Cohen's collective behavior - mass hysteria, mass delusion, disasters;
  • rumor - process and product, an accelerant of collective behavior;
  • rumor-mongering process - “outcome-relevant involvement”, uncertainty, personal anxiety and credulity;
  • moral panics - where all four factors get maximized;
  • rumor - basic processes that fuel and are fueled by moral panic;
  • contemporary or urban legends and elements of threat;
  • mass hysteria and collective delusion;
  • disaster - collective behavior form

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Rumor

  • Contemporary or Urban Legends

  • Mass Hysteria and Collective Delusion

  • Disasters

  • Summary