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York University
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SOSC 1920
Elizabeth Brule

Moral Panic & Difference▯ Reading:▯ Christe Barron and Dany Lacombe,”Moral panic & The Nasty Girl ” P .296-303▯ Page 296▯ • • Female violence became a topic of much discussion in the mid-1990s▯ • The belief that girl violence is rampant is a social construction▯ • Although statistics indicate a phenomenal increase in the number of young woman charged with minor moderate assaults over the past 10 years, several researchers indicate that the increase is more of a flux of the youth justice systems change in policy and changing practices than a real change in be haviour▯ • Why, despite evidence to the contrary, are recent isolated incidences of female violence interpreted as a sign that these girls have become increasingly nasty?▯ • We argue that the recent alarm over girl violence is the product of the moral panic that has had a significant impact on social, educational, and legal policymaking.▯ • This paper examines how the recent concern with girl violence emerged; what affects the concern has had on policy making in particularly and on society in general; and why the panic over young females is occurring today ▯ • How the Nasty Girl Emerged▯ • All moral panics identify and denounce the personal agent responsible for the conclusion that is generated widespread public concern▯ • During the warning phase of a panic there are predictions of impending, sensations accusing danger, frequent overreactions and rumor speculating about what is happening or what will happen.▯ • Page 297▯ • Subsequently, a large part of the public become sensitized to the threat and as in the case of the nasty girl, when confronted with an actual act of call violence their perception of danger and risk solidifies.▯ Central to the creation of a climate of fear is statistical manipulation of crime data to • establish the amplitude girl violence▯ • N. Nolan “ experts and authors were appearing on TV and radio talking with solemn self-importance that always accompanies adult lanterns about the wickedness of youth-the shocking fact that, according to the Canadian centre for Justice statistics, young girls has increased by 200% since 1986”▯ ‘one way, we believe, have more confidence that this increase reflected change in • gross behaviour if it weren’t for showing up in the most serious category of assaults’▯ • At the time of viks murder, girls were still far less involvement boys and all levels of assaults and only 4.5% of used charge for the homicide offense were female▯ • Yet, inflated statistics about girl violence are usually assumed to be factual because day are voice by social up-to-date experts whose expertise alone serves to legitimize the moral panic▯ • Conceptions of morality increasingly became central to the identification and supervision of dangerous females-legitimate guardians of the moral sphere, middle- class woman, but dissipated in social purity movements that succeeded in criminalizing females who use their sexuality to survive▯ • The reformers efforts to rescue fallen woman and delinquent girls from the harmful effects of industrial capitalism indicate how the bourgeoisie preoccupation with uplifting moral standards became central to the supervision of working-class girls▯ Such reform movement also led to the establishment of child welfare agencies in the • creation of juvenile justice systems▯ • In the mid-20th century, the popularization of psychology helped foster a shift in the understanding up on really girls and woman from being inherently bad or immoral, they became inherently mad▯ • Page 298▯ The girl problem was construction by psychologist, penal workers, administrators and • nuns who was preconceived expert knowledge about nature of young woman shaped the reconstruction of delinquent girl rebellions within a language of irrationality, incredulity , and pathology▯ • Overall, the dominant idea throughout most of the 20th century was that females who offended are rejecting their feminine role and are emulating their male counterparts▯ Lacking from media analysis a female violence is the considerable impact the • structural factors, including institutional racism, and economic and social inequality in the life of young female offenders and their victims▯ • Through distortion, exaggeration and statistical manipulation of data, as well as expert evidence, the media was able to construct a brand-new breed a funeral, the nasty girl, has become one of our current folk Devils▯ It is easier for average citizens to become embroiled in the alarm over folk Devils and • to call for harsh justice▯ • The Effects of the Moral Panic on Policy - Making▯ • The panic over the nasty girl has had significant impact on bagel, education, and social policy in Canada, resulting in an increase in both formal and informal mechanisms of control▯ Mostly consists of repressive measures targeted at youth, social and educational • programs contain informal mechanisms of control targeting society more generally▯ • Proposals for form are not only disciplinary mechanisms of power acting on the body of the individual delinquent; they’re also part of the more reason governmental techniques of power which regulate and manage free individuals through the fostering of a culture of risk management, Public Safety, and security consciousness▯ Informal mechanisms of control targeting young girls have resulted from the panic • over girl violence, evolving at the margins of society, through the work of social agencies, activist and expert who helped create a consciousness about the problem of girl violence▯ • Page 299▯ • While it is ironic that the mainstream parental and educational advice is now repackaged as state-of-the-art technology to prevent bullying, we see in the strategy a sign of the current shift in crime policy that scholars have identified as government and the distance▯ • Diverse professionals and agencies come together to govern the behaviour and mentality of both those supposed problems, such as a violent girl, and those that can enlist in the management of the violent girl▯ • Expert advice encourages parents, teachers, and used to change their behaviour and self image to bring them into line with socially approved desires and identities, and, in the process, ensure that the functioning of the family and the school.▯ “Willingness of individuals – whether as family members, coworkers, or citizens – • exercising responsible as economy, and to pursue interests and desires in ways in which are socially approved and legally sanctioned”▯ • Taking other children in the creation of a culture of risk management in which they learn to fear use and then think of themselves a potential victims▯ • Page 300▯ These new programs of action are directed not worth individual offender, but with the • conduct of potential victims, to vulnerable situations, to those routines of everyday life which could come and opportunities as an unintended byproduct▯ • We need to understand the more panic about the violent girl or used in general as a process that leads not only to the contaminant and transformation of violent girls and boys, but as to the increased self-discipline and regulation of all youths, learn to think of themselves as potential victims of bullying▯ • The policies and programs something from the moral panic about violent girls include repressive measures towards by that used that are deployed by the crime control apparatus▯ • Also include more informal mechanisms of crime control directed at a society, which are deployed by a government at a distance▯ Through the actions of various experts involved in the fight against bullies, parents, • teachers, young people and, specifically, girls are encouraged to become responsible and prudent individuals. To this effect, policies and programs seek to make them recognize their responsibility in reducing crime and persuade them to change their behaviour to reduce criminal opportunities▯ • Why is Panic Happening Today?▯ The moral panic literature emphasizes that, during a panic, the anxieties the public • experiences are real, but the reaction is often this place--the object of panic, the violent girl, is not always a source of peoples anxiety▯ • She is more likely to be the object of the projection, other than the source of concern and fear▯ • Young “ the transition from identity to the present late modernity resulted in significant structural and psychological changes that produce several anxieties”. ▯ • The shift preliminary entailed the movement from an inclusive to exclusive soci
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