Moral Panic and Social Theory

@article{Rohloff2010MoralPA,
  title={Moral Panic and Social Theory},
  author={Amanda Rohloff and Sarah Wright},
  journal={Current Sociology},
  year={2010},
  volume={58},
  pages={403 - 419}
}
Chas Critcher has recently conceptualized moral panic as a heuristic device, or ‘ideal type’. While he argues that one still has to look beyond the heuristic, despite a few exceptional studies there has been little utilization of recent developments in social theory in order to look ‘beyond moral panic’. Explicating two current critical contributions — the first, drawing from the sociologies of governance and risk; the second, from the process/figurational sociology of Norbert Elias — this… Expand
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