faculty: "FGw" and publication year: "2010"
| Author||P. van Enschot|
|Title||Moral panics: Een onderzoek naar de ontwikkeling en d bruikbaarheid van een concept.|
|Supervisors||P.L.M. Vasterman, J.A. Teurlings|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Programme||FGw MA Media en cultuur|
|Keywords||moral panic; massa hysterie; amplificatiespiraal; sociale gedragingen; deviance|
|Abstract||Moral panics is a concept that originated in the 1970s. In 1971 Yock Young was the first to use the term, followed by Stanley Cohen, who placed the concept in the academic field of sociology in 1972. As to the concept and it’s possibilities of application, It is most important to think of this concept as not having a fixed definition. It is a concept that has developed increasingly over recent years, and has been interpreted from the viewing points of different|
research areas and academic fields.
This masterthesis questions the development and usefulness of the concept of moral panics. It is important to study a concept as moral panics, because frequently a society is deeply concerned about a new threat to moral order, ranging from youth culture to a certain
concern about drug‐abuse. If it is a useful concept, it could be a way to gain insight into how authorities, politicians and citizens are dealing with moral panics.
To answer the question of whether moral panics are still a useful concept, first the development of the concept is discussed. In order to do this, the theory of the founders Young, Cohen and Hall et al. will be used, as well as theories of authors who have developed
their theory further, such as Goode and Ben‐Yehuda and Thompsson.
The concepts that will be highlighted, are: the amplification spiral, deviance and social behaviour. In addition to these concepts, social problems will take a central place in this
discussion, and are reviewed from objectivism and constructivism.
Secondly, the criticisms of the concept are discussed. These criticisms will be used to make a proper assessment of the usefulness of the concept. The criticisms are based on both the ascription of the concept, as well as the use of the concept. The criticisms which relate to the development of the concept include Sacco and Garland. The theories about the development of the concept are tested by analyzing two cases. This was primarily the concern in the case of AIDS and homosexuality, the so‐called homophobia. The second case
was the concern over drug use. First, the concern is described, followed by an analysis on the development and critiques based on the specific case. Finally, all findings are discussed and an answer to the main question is formulated.
|Document type|| scriptie master|
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