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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Week 3 - Library Search: Academic Article Summaries

First Essay Topic: Moral Panics


Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance
Norris R Johnson. Social Forces. Chapel Hill: Jun 1997.Vol.75, Iss. 4; pg. 1514, 2 pgs

*Moral panics are defined essentially as episodes of collective action in which concern by the press, the public, and public officials to some perceived threat is disproportional to the crucial ideas.
*Explains moral panic phenomena. Differentiates moral panics from related forms of collective action.
*Examines related areas of sociological concern -- social problems, collective behavior, and social movements.
*Researches examples of moral panics Eg. : The Renaissance Witch Craze, the Israeli Drug Panic of May 1982, and the American Drug Panic of the 1980s.


School shootings, the media, and public fear: Ingredients for a moral panic
Crime. Law and Social Change 32: 147-168 1999.
c Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.
Ronald Burns1 & Charles Crawford2
1. Texas Christian University; 2. Western Michigan University

*Recent school shootings have caused panic among students, parents and communities. Ppl want to make schools safer and are presenting ways they think this can happen.
*However recent impirical research suggests that schools are safe and that school violence is lower than several years ago.
*Resarch focuses on the construction of school shootings as a moral panic, and the roles played by the media, the public and politicians in using isolated incidents to support their interests.

Blaming Children: Youth Crime, Moral Panics and the Politics of Hate
Aaron Doyle. Canadian Journal of Criminology. Ottawa: Apr 1998.Vol.40, Iss. 2; pg. 217, 5pgs

*Highlights the role of the media in fostering pressure to get tougher with Canada's young offenders.
*Blaming Children argues that, in large part because of inflammatory media coverage, Canadian society is "on the verge of an acute moral panic" focusing on the Young Offenders Act despite the fact there has been minimal increase in serious crime by youth.
*The moral panics are part of a co-ordinated and calculated campaign.
*Discusses factors for sensational and ideological media coverage.


I am not sure this research has actually helped me to formulate a topic!!! Its showed me so many options however, given me a larger choice. In this blog i have reserached a story on just the broad issue of moral panics as well as 2 stories to do with moral panics and youth. I think this is the avenue i will take, the amount of different moral panics surrounding youth, what they are and the effect they cause.

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