Mobilization Through Interpellation : James Bulger, Juvenile Crime and the Construction of a Moral Panic

  title={Mobilization Through Interpellation : James Bulger, Juvenile Crime and the Construction of a Moral Panic},
  author={Colin Hay},
  journal={Social \& Legal Studies},
  pages={197 - 223}
  • C. Hay
  • Published 1995
  • Sociology
  • Social & Legal Studies
T IS now over twenty years since Stanley Cohen concluded his pioneering account of the discursive construction of folk devils and the mobilization of the moral panic surrounding the Mods and Rockers ’phenomenon’ with these hauntingly prophetic comments. Since then his words have become something of a sociological truism. Indeed, in a somewhat ironic confirmation of Cohen’s thesis, we are currently witnessing the first reflexive moral panic in which the British media itself has co-opted Cohen’s… Expand
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