Moral Panics and the Transgressive Other

Young, Jock (2011) Moral Panics and the Transgressive Other. Crime Media Culture, 7 (3). pp. 245-258. ISSN 1741-6590. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1741659011417604) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The concept of moral panic arose out of a particular conjuncture of political, social and theoretical circumstances; specifically the events of 1968, the social transformations of the late 1960s and the synthesis and energizing of New Deviancy and subcultural theory in British criminology centering on the NDC (National Deviancy Conference) and the CCCS (Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies). This work evoked Mills’s Sociological Imagination: the placing of individual problems as public issues, the relation of the individual to his or her particular time and social structure, and the effect of social dynamics on the psychological and psychodynamics on the social. The sociological imagination is not a constant but is greatly enhanced at times of change: it is this imagination which engenders transformative politics. Such an analysis clearly demands placing both human actors and reactors, in this instance, ‘deviants’ and moral panickers, in structure and historical time and to examine both the immediate and deep roots of their behaviour. There is a tendency in these neo-liberal times to view moral panics as simple mistakes in rationality generated perhaps by the mass media or rumour. In this process any link between the individual and the social structure, between historical period and social conflict, is lost. In particular the peculiar ‘rational irrationality’ of moral panics is obfuscated, the link between social structure and individual belief diminished, and attempts to utilize moral panics to stymie social change and transformative politics obscured.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Drugs, high-profile cases, moral indignation, moral panic, ressentiment, 1960s
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 09:16 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2014 14:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34550 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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