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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCB50H3
Professor
Joe Hermer
Semester
Fall

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THE RAZOR BLADE IN THE APPLE THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF URBAN LEGENDS Halloween sadism can be viewed as an urban legend which emerged during the early 1970s to give expression to growing fears about the safety of children the danger of crime and other sources of social strain Urban legends are responses to social strain shaped by the perception of the threat and social organization Halloween sadism is thought to involve random vicious unprovoked attacks against small children The attacks seem irrational and the attackers are routinely described as disturbed or insane These childhaters are theorized to have had a really deprived childhood having been abused as children they are now frustrated and filled with resentment against the world in general Roots of an Urban Legend Halloween sadism as a serious threat can be understood using a concept developed By folklorists Halloween sadism is an urban legend Urban legends are contemporary orally transmitted tales that often depict a clash between modern conditions and some aspect of a traditional lifestyle They describe criminal attacks contaminated consumer goods and other risks of modern life Halloween sadism combines two themes found in several other urban legends danger to children eg the babysitter who cooks an infant in a microwave oven the child kidnapped from a department store or an amusement park and contamination of food eg the mouse in
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