Folk Devils and Moral Panics: The Creation of the Mods and Rockers

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Routledge, 2002 - Social Science - 201 pages
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Stanley Cohen's study of Mods and Rockers in the 1960s was a foundational text both in terms of investigating the workings of subcultural groups and identifying the concept of a 'moral panic' generated by the media, which leads to groups being vilified in the popular imagination, and inhibits rational debate about solutions to the social problems such groups represent. The insights Cohen provides into subculture and mass morality are as relevant today as they were when the book was originally published in 1972, as illustrated by the author's introduction for this new edition, in which he tracks moral panics over the last thirty years, commenting on the demonization of young offenders and asylum seekers and on the News of the World's 'name and shame' campaign against paedophiles.
Revisiting the theory of moral panic and exploring the way in which the concept has been used, this new edition features a select bibliography of key texts for further reading. The third edition of Folk Devils and Moral Panics makes available a valuable and widely recommended text.

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User Review  - Tom Schulte - Goodreads

This was a very disappointing read, as it is a Phd thesis bloated out to book length by lengthy preface material and other commentary and notations. Still, as to the '64-'66 Brighton Beach, etc. Mods ... Read full review

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User Review  - Liam - Goodreads

I didn't expect any more than a dry explication of what 'moral panics' were. I didn't even know the subtitle ('Mods and Rockers') when I got it out of the library. But it was, at the end of it, most ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Stanley Cohen is at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of numerous books, including "Visions of Social Control" (Polity, 1985), "Folk Devils and Moral Panics: The Creation of the Mods and Rockers" (1980), "Against Criminology" (1988) and "Psychological Survival: The Experience of Long Term Imprisonment" (1973).

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