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Folk Devils and Moral Panics : 30th Anniversary Edition - Stanley Cohen

Folk Devils and Moral Panics

30th Anniversary Edition

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Stanley Cohen's study of Mods and Rockers in the 1960s was a foundational text both in terms of investigating the workings of subcultural groups and identifying the concept of a 'moral panic' generated by the media, which leads to groups being vilified in the popular imagination, and inhibits rational debate about solutions to the social problems such groups represent. The insights Cohen provides into subculture and mass morality are as relevant today as they were when the book was originally published in 1972, as illustrated by the author's introduction for this new edition, in which he tracks moral panics over the last thirty years, commenting on the demonization of young offenders and asylum seekers and on the News of the World's 'name and shame' campaign against paedophiles.
Revisiting the theory of moral panic and exploring the way in which the concept has been used, this new edition features a select bibliography of key texts for further reading. The third edition of Folk Devils and Moral Panics makes available a valuable and widely recommended text.

Industry Reviews

""Stan Cohen's Folk Devils and Moral Panics' was a brilliant and subtle exercise in "grounded theory." It has proved consistently fertile for a great deal of new work in sociological analysis the thirty years since its first publication and its critical idea of "moral panics" proved to be generative for a wide variety of scholars and research fields. In the new introduction to the third edition, an original piece of reflection on the vicarious pathways of its appropriation, and a wonderful reprise of its uses and abuses, Stan Cohen gently but steadily guides us back to its original illuminating intellectual core." Stuart Hall, Emeritus Professor, The Open University."

Moral Panics as Cultural Politics: Introduction to the Third Edition
Selected Reading List (1982-2002)
Preface to First Edition
Symbols of Trouble: Introduction to the Second Edition
Deviance and Moral Panicsp. 1
The Transactional Approach to Deviancep. 3
Deviance and the Mass Mediap. 7
The Case of the Mods and Rockersp. 9
The Inventoryp. 16
Exaggeration and Distortionp. 19
Predictionp. 26
Symbolizationp. 27
The Inventory as Manufactured Newsp. 30
Reaction: Opinion and Attitude Themesp. 35
Orientationp. 37
Imagesp. 39
Causationp. 46
Differential Reactionp. 49
Modes and Models of Explanationp. 56
Reaction: The Rescue and Remedy Phasesp. 59
Sensitizationp. 59
The Societal Control Culturep. 65
The Exploitative Culturep. 115
On the Beaches: The Warning and the Impactp. 120
Setting the Stage: The Warning Phasep. 120
The Crowd Scenesp. 124
The Audiencep. 133
The Mass Mediap. 135
The Control Agentsp. 140
Summaryp. 145
Contexts and Backgrounds: Youth in the Sixtiesp. 149
The Emergence of the Mods and Rockersp. 150
The Sociology of Moral Panicsp. 161
Coming to an Endp. 167
App.: Sources of Datap. 173
Notes and Referencesp. 178
General Indexp. 191
Author Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780415267120
ISBN-10: 0415267129
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 19th December 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition