Media in a Moral Panic

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


This chapter discusses the central role of the media in panic development, drawing key insights from both Cohen’s (Folk devils and moral panics. Paladin, Herts, 1972) and Hall, Critche, Jefferson, Clarke, and Roberts (Policing the crisis: mugging, the state, and law and order. MacMillan, London, 1978) pioneering studies. It is argued in this chapter that understandings from the field of media criminology should remain critical to the study and development of moral panic. The significance of social media and networked publics in panic development, and the implications of these for panic research, is also discussed here.


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