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Moral Panic


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Moral Panic

  2. 2. WHAT IS MORAL PANIC? <ul><li>Theorist Stanley Cohen suggested in his book Folk Devils and Moral Panics, 1972, that 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.“ </li></ul><ul><li>The media, according to Stanley Cohen, play a massive role in enforcing moral panic – even if it just simply reporting the news. </li></ul>
  3. 3. HOW DOES IT WORK? <ul><li>According to Cohen, the media overreact to an aspect of behaviour which may be seen as a challenge to existing social norms. However, the media response and representation of that behaviour actually helps to define it, communicate it and portrays it as a model for outsiders to observe and adopt. </li></ul><ul><li>So the moral panic by society represented in the media fuels further socially unacceptable behaviour. </li></ul>
  4. 4. EXAMPLES OF MORAL PANICS <ul><li>A moral panic sends society in to mass hysteria over a particular issue or event that occurs. The public believe that whatever is reported upon is occurring everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>List events or issues that you believe to be moral panics in Britain. </li></ul>
  5. 5. KIDULTHOOD – MORAL PANIC <ul><li>Kidulthood portrays young people as deviants. They are irresponsible , lead hedonistic lifestyles and appear to have no concept of the consequences of their actions. </li></ul><ul><li>List the things you have seen or heard in Kidulthood that could cause moral panic within our society. </li></ul>