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Cuban Cure - Moral Panics

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 08 December 2010

With the huge investment needed and patents which have the potential to generate a lot of money, biochemistry is perhaps the most capitalistic strain of science. How did Cuba - a socialist, embargoed, isolated, developing world country - manage to become one of the world's leaders in genetic modification and bioscience? Laurie talks to Simon Reid Henry, Lecturer in Geography at Queen Mary London about his new book The Cuban Cure; Reason and Resistance in Global Science.
Also on the programme - 'moral panics'. The phrase was first defined by Stan Cohen in an analysis of the reaction to Mods and Rockers fighting on Britain's beaches. Since then it has been used many times by social scientists to describe media reaction to everything from dangerous dogs to binge drinking, but how useful is the term? Does it falsely imply that there is no underlying reason for social concern? Laurie discusses the uses and abuses of the notion of moral panic with Chas Critcher, Emeritus Professor of Communications at Sheffield Hallam University and Jewel Thomas, Post Graduate Researcher, Oxford University.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Dr Simon Reid-Henry

    Lecturer, School of Geography, Queen Mary, London

    The Cuban Cure; Reason and Resistance in Global Science
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    ISBN-10: 0226709175
    ISBN-13: 978-0226709178

    Find out more about Simon Reid-Henry
  • Professor Chas Critcher

    Emeritus Professor of Communications at Sheffield Hallam University

    Moral Panics and the media
    Publisher: Open University Press
    ISBN-10: 0335209084
    ISBN-13: 978-0335209088

    Find out more about Chas Critcher
  • Jewel Thomas

    Post graduate student at University of Oxford

    Thesis: 'Risk and Panics: National Newspaper Coverage of the Cases of the Contraceptive Pill, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, Dangerous Dogs and Road Rage in the United Kingdom'

    Paper: ‘What’s a moral panic? Is it useful in any way? A comparative study of four cases and their outcomes.’

  • Moral Panics in the Contemporary World

    Brunel University
    Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH
    Tel: +44 (0)1895 274000
    Email: moral-panic@brunel.ac.uk
    10-12 December 2010

    Find out more about the conference Moral Panics Conference


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