Popular Culture and Social Control: The Moral Panic on Music Labeling

  title={Popular Culture and Social Control: The Moral Panic on Music Labeling},
  author={Mathieu Deflem},
  journal={American Journal of Criminal Justice},
  • M. Deflem
  • Published 1 February 2020
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Criminal Justice
Informed by a moral panic perspective, I analyze the music labeling debate in the United States from the mid 1980s until the early 1990s. Instigated by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a voluntary group set up in 1985 by several politically well-connected women, this peculiar chapter in the control of music led to a hearing in the U.S. Senate and produced an intense debate, involving members of the community and musicians, litigation in the courts and legal discussions, police actions… Expand
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