The Production of Squatters as Folk Devils: Analysis of a Moral Panic that Facilitated the Criminalization of Squatting in the Netherlands

  title={The Production of Squatters as Folk Devils: Analysis of a Moral Panic that Facilitated the Criminalization of Squatting in the Netherlands},
  author={Edward Christopher Dee},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  pages={784 - 794}
  • E. Dee
  • Published 22 March 2016
  • Sociology
  • Deviant Behavior
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