Moral Panics in the Contemporary World

Moral Panics in the Contemporary World

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Moral Panics in the Contemporary World represents the best current theoretical and empirical work on the topic, taken from the international conference on moral panics held at Brunel University. The range of contributors, from established scholars to emerging ones in the field, and from a working journalist as well, helps to cover a wide range of moral panics, both old and new, and extend the geographical scope of moral panic analysis to previously underrepresented areas.
Designed from the outset to comprise a coherent and integrated set of viewpoints which share a common engagement with critically exploring moral panics in the contemporary world, it contains case studies instantly recognisable and familiar to a student readership (drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse and racism). The collection brings a fresh approach to analysis and argument by testing and extending the concept of moral panic and analyzing a range of topics and geographical contexts, accurately reflecting the state-of-the-art moral panics research today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16.26mm | 417g
  • Bloomsbury Academic USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 15 bw illus
  • 1501319604
  • 9781501319600
  • 1,496,306

Table of contents

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1.Moral Panics in the Contemporary World: Enduring Controversies and Future Directions
Amanda Rohloff, Julian Petley, Jason Hughes, and Chas Critcher

Part 1: Rethinking Moral Panics

2.The Cautionary Tale: A New Paradigm for Studying Media Coverage of Crime
Sarah E.H. Moore

3.The Journalist, Folk Devil
Paul Lashmar

4.'Are We Insane?' The 'Video Nasty' Moral Panic
Julian Petley

Part 2: Lifestyle, Risk and Health

5.Theorising Alcohol in Public Discourse: Moral Panics or Moral Regulation?
Henry Yeomans

6.Moral Panics, Governmentality and the Media: A Comparative Approach to the Analysis of Illegal Drug Use in the News
Jeremy Collins

7.'He Who Buries the Little Girl Wins!' Moral Panics as Double Jeopardy: The Case of Rule of Rose
Elisabeth Staksrud and Jorgen Kirksaether

Part 3: Crime and Deviance

8.From Media Hypes to Moral Panics: Theoretical and Methodological Tools
Marcello Maneri

9.Moral Panic and Paedophilia: Where's the Risk?
Morena Tartari

10.Creating a Folk Devil: The Moral Panic over 'Chavs'
Elias le Grand

Part 4: Immigration, War and Terror

11.Moral Panic around the Burqa in France: An Eliasian Perspective
Aurelie Lacassagne

12.Elite Power and the Manufacture of a Moral Panic: The Case of the Dirty War in Argentina
John Oplinger, Richard Talbot and Yasin Aktay

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Review quote

Moral Panics in the Contemporary World offers its readers a systematic, ecumenical introduction to the concept, an argument for its universal applicability, and an assortment of apposite, cross-cultural case studies. It's difficult to come up with a more engaging and illuminating entry into the topic. -- Erich Goode, Emeritus Professor, Stony Brook University and coauthor of Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance Moral Panics in the Contemporary World is a welcome addition to the field, detailing its widespread horizons, comparative perspective, applying the moral panic conceptualization to new topics, critical assessment of the field, suggestions for some new thinking and a fresh look on some classical issues in the field. -- Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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About Julian Petley

Chas Critcher is Visiting Professor in Media and Communications at Swansea University and Emeritus Professor of Communications at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Jason Hughes is Professor of sociology at the University of Leicester, UK.

Amanda Rohloff is a PhD Candidate in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University, UK.

Julian Petley is Professor of Journalism and Screen Media, School of Arts, Brunel University, UK.
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