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  • 1. Historical Case study Write upOn a bank holiday weekend in Clacton a fight broke out on the beach, the beachhuts were damaged along with many other things in the area also someone fireda starting pistol. The media reported it as a riot but it was hardly a riot. StanleyCohen read the reports and thought it would be an ideal case study for the newevolving labelling theory. When researching for his book ‘Folk Devils and MoralPanics’ 1972, he searches through newspaper reports and seaside resorts,visiting social control agencies in suit and tie and changing to do participantobservation research on the beaches in the clubs. Cohen illustrates the distortedmedia reporting of the mods and rockers, the ensuring panic and how thisamplified.A moral panic is the intensity of feeling expressed in a population about an issuethat appears to threaten the social order. According to Stanley Cohen a moralpanic occurs when an episode, person or group of people emerges to becomedefined as a threat to societal values and interests. Deviance amplification isdefined by media critics as a cycle of increasing numbers of reports on thecategory of antisocial behaviour or event leading to a moral panic. A Clockwork Orange was made in 1971; it was written, directed andproduced by Stanley Kubrick. It shows disturbing, violent images, facilitating itssocial commentary on psychiatry, youth gangs and other social, political andeconomic subjects in a dystopian, future Britain. The press are looking at the filmin a negative way because people are copying scenes from the film for anexample from the Mail Online “Girls kicked gay man to death in a attack likescene from A Clockwork Orange” the newspaper explains what the two womendid to the victim. A witness mention that the level of violence to a scene from AClockwork Orange which caused outrage on release over its depiction of a gangof teenager carrying out violence. Stan Cohen’s theory would be related to this film with devianceamplification because the numbers of gang violence is rising and the press arereporting it to be related to the film.Quadrophenia was made in 1979, British film, loosely based around the 1973rock opera of the same name by The Who. The film stars Phil Daniels as a modnamed Jimmy. It was directed by Franc Roddam. The representation of Jimmy isthat he wants to be part of a gang, identity is very important to Jimmy. Jimmywanted to be different but he was just the same as any other normal mod. At onepoint in the film Jimmy’s identity was compromised when his friend Kevin wasbeaten up. The representation of Steph had sexual freedom because thecontraceptive pill came out about that time; she was quite feminine compared tothe androgynous mods. Finally Steph has no loyalty because she was with Jimmythen after he was at the courts she was with his best friend. The ideologies forSteph and Jimmy were to live here and now which basically means live life to thefull also them Vs us which was the mods Vs society. Mise en scene that reinforces the idea of youth culture was locations; theyhad house parties with loud music, alcohol and drugs were involved. Drugs weremainly taken by the younger generation in the film because the adults knowwhat they were like, most pubs/clubs were just full of teenagers drinking.
  • 2. Vehicles, most of the teenagers were in a gang either the mods or the rockers,both gangs had certain vehicles. The mods had a lambrella scooters and therockers had motor bikes, all the adults would drive cars. Clothing, the mods woreparkers (coat) with denim jeans and fred perry tshirts, the rockers wore fullleathers for their bikes the older generation wore shirts and ties.