A social psychological approach to understanding moral panic

  title={A social psychological approach to understanding moral panic},
  author={Julia M. Pearce and Elizabeth A. Charman},
  journal={Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal},
  pages={293 - 311}
While moral panic remains a key sociological concept, it has been criticized for its lack of explanatory force. This article reports the results of a study designed to examine whether a social psychological approach to moral panic can (a) theorize the content as well as process of moral panic, and (b) understand both the cause and the impact of this response. This approach was tested in relation to the topic of asylum seekers. The research was based on a qualitative analysis of 120 newspaper… Expand

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