Laurie Taylor talks to the eminent sociologist, Stanley Cohen, about mods and rockers, drugs and disproportionate responses to perceived threats as they review over thirty years of moral panics.
Moral panic was a phrase first coined in the sixties and has since become a favourite catch-all expression used by media, politicians and social commentators alike and Stanley Cohen Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, can fairly claim to have mid-wifed the concept in the first place.
In a new edition of his classic text Folk Devils and Moral Panics, Cohen revisits his original arguments and discusses how some of the processes which create a folk devil have become ever more refined over time.
What prompts a society every now and again to panic and how does it choose what it panics about?
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Folk Devils and Moral Panics: 30th Anniversary Edition
Routledge, an imprint of Taylor and Francis Books Ltd ISBN 0415267129
Psychological Survival: The Experience of Long Term Imprisonment
Penguin Books ISBN 014021657X
Visions of Social Control
Polity Press ISBN 0745600212
Broadway Play Publishing, Incorporated ISBN 088738689X
States of Denial: Knowing About Atrocities And Suffering
Polity Press ISBN 0745623921
Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics and Culture
(Co-author with Vron Ware)
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 0 226 873420
The Changing Face of Football: Racism, Identity and Multicuture in the English Game
(Co-author with TimCrabbe and JohnSolomos)
Berg Publishers ISBN 1859734839
New Ethnicities and Urban Culture: Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives (Race and Representation)
UCL Press ISBN 1857282523
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