Many of the individual and social problems that are characterised as moral panics are, in reality, illustrations of a breakdown in the legitimacy of the state. This Byte picks up a number of case-study examples - internet pornography; internet radicalisation; ‘chavs’; the Tottenham riots; patient safety - and explores each through the lens of moral panic ideas, with an appraisal of the work of Stuart Hall, one of the key thinkers in moral panics.
Introduction - Viviene E. Cree;
1. Children and Internet Pornography: A Moral Panic, a Salvation for Censors and Trojan Horse for Government Colonisation of the Digital Frontier - Jim Greer;
2. Internet Radicalisation and the ‘Woolwich Murder’ - David McKendrick;
3. Moralising discourse and the dialectical formation of class identities: The social reaction to 'Chavs' in Britain - Elias Le Grand;
4. The presence of the absent parent: Troubled families and the England ‘riots’ of 2011 - Steve Kirkwood;
5. Patient Safety: A moral panic - William James Fear
Afterword - Neil Hume