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Moral Panics in the Contemporary World by Julian (Brunel University, UK) Petley


Moral Panics in the Contemporary World by Julian (Brunel University, UK) Petley

Moral Panics in the Contemporary World represents the best current theoretical and empirical work on the topic, taken from the international conference on moral panics held at Brunel University. The range of contributors, from established scholars to emerging ones in the field, and from a working journalist as well, helps to cover a wide range of moral panics, both old and new, and extend the geographical scope of moral panic analysis to previously underrepresented areas. Designed from the outset to comprise a coherent and integrated set of viewpoints which share a common engagement with critically exploring moral panics in the contemporary world, it contains case studies instantly recognisable and familiar to a student readership (drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse and racism). The collection brings a fresh approach to analysis and argument by testing and extending the concept of moral panic and analyzing a range of topics and geographical contexts, accurately reflecting the state-of-the-art moral panics research today.


Moral Panics in the Contemporary World offers its readers a systematic, ecumenical introduction to the concept, an argument for its universal applicability, and an assortment of apposite, cross-cultural case studies. It's difficult to come up with a more engaging and illuminating entry into the topic. -- Erich Goode, Emeritus Professor, Stony Brook University and coauthor of Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance Moral Panics in the Contemporary World is a welcome addition to the field, detailing its widespread horizons, comparative perspective, applying the moral panic conceptualization to new topics, critical assessment of the field, suggestions for some new thinking and a fresh look on some classical issues in the field. -- Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

About the Author

Chas Critcher is Visiting Professor in Media and Communications at Swansea University and Emeritus Professor of Communications at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Jason Hughes is Professor of sociology at the University of Leicester, UK. Amanda Rohloff is a PhD Candidate in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University, UK. Julian Petley is Professor of Journalism and Screen Media, School of Arts, Brunel University, UK.

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Publication date

19th May 2016


Julian (Brunel University, UK) Petley

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Bloomsbury Academic USA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc


312 pages


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