SOC313H1 Lecture Notes - Moral Panic, Bandwagoning

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12 Feb 2012
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When talking about moral panics, you have to talk about stanley cohen. Moral panics has an interactionist feel to it. Moral panic is an over reaction to the situation at hand. y y y. The press - press exaggerates and reaffirms the problem. The public - latent potential in the public for moral panic to happen (e. g. murmuring, insecurity) Already some concerns which were galvanized by high-profile events. Cracking down on crime - many arrests. y politicians - being very reactive, aligning themselves with one side. Bandwagoning y action groups - moral entrepreneurs (becker) - self motivated, trying to drum up concern. y. Folk devils - these are the targets of the moral panic - personification of evil. y disaster mentality - things are seen as a national disaster - a heightened concern. Predictions and speculation of whats going to happen.

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