Conceptualizing Moral Panic through a Moral Economy of Harm

@article{Hier2002ConceptualizingMP,
  title={Conceptualizing Moral Panic through a Moral Economy of Harm},
  author={Sean P. Hier},
  journal={Critical Sociology},
  year={2002},
  volume={28},
  pages={311 - 334}
}
This paper explicates a critical theory of moral panic, arguing that there is an affinity to be discerned between the sociology of moral panic and the sociology of moral regulation. It is demonstrated how efforts to distance sociological investigations of moral regulation from studies of moral panic have been founded on a narrow treatment of the ways in which the latter have conceptualized panics uncritically as irrational societal overreactions stemming from some variant of `social anxiety… Expand
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