Folk Devils and Moral Panics

By Stanley Cohen
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"Folk Devils and Moral Panics," written by Stanley Cohen, explores the concept of moral panics and its impact on society. Cohen delves deep into the mechanisms behind the creation and perpetuation of moral panics, focusing particularly on the media's role in amplifying and disseminating these phenomena.

Through a meticulously researched analysis, Cohen dissects various case studies, such as the mods and rockers clashes in the 1960s, the emergence of the "mugging" scare in the 1970s, and the moral panic surrounding youth subcultures. He sheds light on how these incidents were blown out of proportion, leading to the scapegoating of particular groups and the subsequent stigmatization of certain behaviors.

Cohen also examines the societal response to moral panics, highlighting the role of social control agencies, politicians, and other influential figures in perpetuating these hysterias for their own interests. He explores the ways in which moral panics have been used as tools of social control and to maintain existing power dynamics.

Throughout the book, Cohen challenges prevailing assumptions and encourages critical thinking about the social construction of deviance and the manipulation of public opinion. With its insightful analysis and thought-provoking arguments, "Folk Devils and Moral Panics" is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how societal anxieties are manufactured and exploited.
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