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

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 201 pages
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 Panicsmakes available a valuable and widely recommended text.
 

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Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition
vii
Selected Reading List 19822002
xxxix
Preface to First Edition
xlv
Introduction to the Second Edition
xlvii
Deviance and Moral Panics
1
The Transaclional Approach to Deviance
3
Deviance and the Mass Media
7
The Case of the Mods and Rockers
9
Reaction The Rescue and Remedy Phases
59
The Societal Control Culture
65
The Exploitative Culture
115
On the Beaches The Warning and the Impact
120
The Crowd Scenes
124
The Audience
133
The Mass Media
135
The Control Agents
140

The Inventory
16
Exaggeration and Distortion
19
Prediction
26
Symbolization
27
The Inventory as Manufactured News
30
Reaction Opinion and Attitude Themes
35
Orientation
37
Images
39
Causation
46
Differential Reaction
49
Modes and Models of Explanation
56
Summary
145
Contexts and Backgrounds Youth in the Sixties
149
The Emergence of the Mods and Rockers
150
The Sociology of Moral Panics
161
Coming to an End
167
Sources of Data
173
Notes and References
178
General Index
191
Author Index
199
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