Moral Panic Intro
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Like this? Share it with your network


Moral Panic Intro






Total Views
Views on SlideShare
Embed Views



0 Embeds 0

No embeds



Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
Post Comment
Edit your comment

Moral Panic Intro Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Starter:
    • What is a ‘moral’? Provide a definition.
    • Give an example.
  • 2. MORAL PANIC is the intensity of feeling expressed in a population about an issue that appears to threaten the social order.
  • 3.
    • According to Stanley Cohen, author of Folk Devils and Moral Panics (1972), a moral panic occurs when "[a] condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests."
  • 4. The Mods and Rockers
    • Why might older people have been worried about the advent of this youth culture?
    • According to Stanley Cohen, the media exaggerated the amount of violence. Why might this have been the case?
  • 5.
    • Those who start the panic when they fear a threat to prevailing social or cultural values are known by researchers as “moral entrepreneurs", while people who supposedly threaten the social order have been described as “folk devils."
  • 6.
    • Moral panics are in essence controversies that involve arguments and social tension and in which disagreement is difficult because the matter at its centre is taboo .
  • 7.
    • Dangerous Dogs
  • 8.
    • The media have long operated as agents of moral indignation, even when they are not self-consciously engaged in crusading. Simply reporting the facts can be enough to generate concern, anxiety or panic.
  • 9. The 5 Characteristics:
    • Moral panics have several distinct features. According to Goode and Ben-Yehuda, moral panic consists of the following characteristics:
    • 1. Concern
    There must be awareness that the behaviour of the group or category in question is likely to have a a negative impact on society.
  • 10. Ravers
  • 11. 2. Hostility Hostility towards the group in question increases, and they become "folk devils". A clear division forms between "them" and "us".
  • 12. 3. Consensus Though concern does not have to be nationwide, there must be widespread acceptance that the group in question poses a very real threat to society. It is important at this stage that the "moral entrepreneurs" are vocal and the "folk devils" appear weak and disorganised.
  • 13. 4. Disproportionality The action taken is disproportionate to the actual threat posed by the accused group.
  • 14. Football Hooligans in the 1980’s
    • All seater Stadiums
    • CCTV footage
    • Membership schemes
    • Life bans for trouble makers
    • Alcohol restrictions
    • Police under-cover operations.
  • 15. 5. Volatility Moral panics are highly volatile and tend to disappear as quickly as they appeared, due to a wane in public interest or news reports changing to another topic.
  • 16.
    • James Bulger case
    • Video Nasties