Examination of newspaper coverage of Hate Crimes: A moral panic perspective

  title={Examination of newspaper coverage of Hate Crimes: A moral panic perspective},
  author={Wendy Colomb and Kelly R. Damphousse},
  journal={American Journal of Criminal Justice},
The role of the media in the construction of social problems is well documented in the social science literature. In some cases, the process of constructing social problems creates a moral panic. In this paper, we contend that a moral panic occurred in the late 1990s regarding hate crimes because of the disproportionate amount of media attention given to the issue. From this panic grew a movement to enact the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999. We quantify Goode and Ben-Yehuda’s (1999… Expand
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