Critiquing Moral Panic

  • Sarah Wright MonodEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society book series (PSRCS)


Examines and evaluates the nature of the critiques directed at moral panic since its inception and the responses to these by Cohen (Folk devils and moral panics, London, Routledge, 2002) and other panic scholars. It explores, for example, the view of panic as a normative assessment made by left-leaning academics; the claim that folk devils can fight back; and the charge that the model of panic is too blunt to capture the complexities of risk-focused anxieties. This chapter also considers, in brief, the impact of new media ecosystem on panic development, whether the public should be a variable in research and why context matters. This chapter concludes with a discussion of some implications of the critiques for panic research.


Folk Devils Panic Scholars Media Ecosystem Pan Development Fight Back 
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