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Moral panic and film  [PDF]
Ma?irevi? Ljubomir
Sociologija , 2007, DOI: 10.2298/soc0703249m
Abstract: The paper is an attempt to apply the theory of moral panic to public fears provoked by film violence. The aim is to recreate a lively theoretical debate on the influence of media violence on the public and to take a stand that sides with the theoreticians disputing the negative influence of media. A moral campaign against the cinematographic representation of violence is usually launched by the tabloid press which tends to publish partial truths or outright lies about the events that follow the screening of violent movies, followed by selective quotations from survey results. The paper cites the movies that produced the largest campaigns of moral panic against cinematic representations of violence and the responses of directors to these campaigns. Finally, the paper offers an interpretation of moral campaigns, as well as indications as to where the real causes of social violence should be sought.
“Whole Language” and Moral Panic in Australia
Susanne Gannon,Wayne Sawyer
International Journal of Progressive Education , 2007,
Abstract: This paper examines the media and political landscapes within which “whole language” is currently constituted in Australia. Through surveying the themes and rhetoric deployed in media texts over recent years, we consider how “whole language” has been taken up as part of a wider media campaign around education generally. We consider how this campaign has been instrumental in constructing a moral panic around literacy education in particular. We begin with an overview of how the literacy standards of Australia's young people compare on international measures with young people elsewhere. We consider how the media has bundled these with populist concerns about literacy pedagogy and other educational issues to create a sense of national crisis about education. We argue that the sociological concept of "moral panic" provides a useful and systematic theoretical framework for reading these discursive tactics of the media. Finally, we examine how a National Inquiry into literacy responded to this panic by reinscribing a familiar – and unhelpful - binary between “whole language” and phonics-based instruction. In the title and in the body of the paper we keep “whole language” in quotation marks to remind the readers that use of the term in the media texts that are analysed differs widely from its usage by literacy specialists.
The Invisible Behmoth: The Moral Legacy of the Cold War  [cached]
Dennis Alan Bartels
New Proposals : Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry , 2008,
Abstract: A comment on the moral outcome of the cold war.
In the Name of ‘Childhood Innocence’: A Discursive Exploration of the Moral Panic Associated with Childhood and Sexuality  [cached]
Kerry Robinson
Cultural Studies Review , 2011,
Abstract: This article critically examines moral panic as a political strategy in maintaining the hegemony of the nuclear family, the sanctity of hetereosexual relationships and the heteronormative social order. It focuses on the moral panic associated with children and sexuality, particularly that which is manifested around non-heterosexual subjectivities. The discussion is based on media representations of the moral panic associated with the Play School saga, The Tillman Child Care Centre / Learn to Include booklets and the We’re Here resource. It explores the hegemonic discourses around childhood innocence, sexuality and the construction of the homosexual as ‘folk devil’ and shows how these discourses are mobilised by conservative politicians and moral entrepreneurs to strategically instigate a moral panic at critical points in time.
Moral Foundations Predict Religious Orientations in New Zealand  [PDF]
Joseph Bulbulia, Danny Osborne, Chris G. Sibley
PLOS ONE , 2013, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080224
Abstract: The interplay between religion, morality, and community-making is a core theme across human experience, yet scholars have only recently begun to quantify these links. Drawing on a sample of 1512 self-identified religious – mainly Christian (86.0%) – New Zealanders, we used structural equation modeling to test hypothesized associations between Religious Orientations (Quest, Intrinsic, Extrinsic Personal, Extrinsic Social) and Moral Foundations (Care/Harm, Fairness/Cheating, Loyalty/Betrayal, Authority/Subversion, Sanctity/Degradation). Our results show, for the first time in a comprehensive model, how different ways of valuing communities are associated with different ways of valuing religion.
Racial Profiling and Moral Panic: Operation Thread and the Al-Qaeda Sleeper Cell that Never Was
Felix Odartey-Wellington
Global Media Journal : Canadian Edition , 2009,
Abstract: In August 2003, Canadian and international media broke news of Operation Thread, executed by the Canadian state security apparatus to apprehend 23 South-Asian Muslim members of a “possible Al-Qaeda sleeper cell” in the Greater Toronto Area. After exposing the suspects to domestic and international opprobrium, the state security apparatus conceded that the allegations of terrorism were unfounded. Using material from the National Post and The Globe and Mail, this paper interrogates the mass mediation of Operation Thread as a case of racial profiling situated in a moral panic over “Islamic terrorism” that was created by a section of the Canadian news media and the state security apparatus. Particularly, it shows that the media contested the discourse of the state security apparatus, thus reflecting the contested nature of news as a social power resource. However, there is still a need for the media to be more critical when dealing with cases such as Operation Thread that are informed by racial profiling post September 11.
Encuadrando el delito: pánico moral en los periódicos Argentinos Framing crime: moral panic in Argentine newspapers  [cached]
Natalia ARUGUETE,Belén AMADEO
América Latina Hoy , 2013,
Abstract: El asalto a Carolina Píparo a la salida de un banco en la provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina, estremeció a la opinión pública por tratarse de una víctima embarazada que, a raíz de un disparo recibido en el ataque, debió someterse a una cesárea después de la cual su hijo sobrevivió sólo una semana. Este trabajo analiza el tipo de tratamiento que recibió el llamado caso Píparo a través de un análisis de contenido exploratorio e inductivo de la cobertura que los diarios Clarín y La Nación dieron al tema. El objetivo es elaborar un libro de códigos que pueda ser validado en estudios de casos similares mediante el análisis de contenido de la prensa gráfica. Se busca aplicar la teoría del framing para, desde la detección de los encuadres noticiosos empleados, discutir si éstos son compatibles con el concepto de pánico moral planteado por Stanley Cohen. Carolina Píparo was shot a few minutes after withdrawing cash from a bank branch. This case outraged the public opinion because she was eight months pregnant at the moment of the assault. She had to undergo a caesarean section and her baby only survived one week. Through an exploratory and inductive research we will analyze how the Argentine newspapers presented the case. We aim at elaborating a content analysis code book that can be validated in future similar researches on the subject. We apply the Framing theory in order to detect the frames used in the news coverage and to observe if they are compatible with the idea of moral panic proposed by Stanley Cohen.
Ritalin : Panic in the USA  [cached]
Toby Miller
Cultural Studies Review , 2011,
Abstract: Ritalin is a popular pharmaceutical. It keeps young people quiet and focused, but attracts intense opprobrium. Beginning with an account of the dimensions of Ritalin ’s use in the United States and controversies surrounding it, this article outlines how this might be understood in moral-panic terms and examines the role of the psy-function and various conflicts of interest, coverage in popular culture, and governmental responses. In many cases, progressive academics and activists have criticised moral panics, recuperating moral-panic folk devils as semiotic guerrillas struggling against authority. In this instance, however, the scene is too complex and multifaceted for that heroisation. There are no good guys; there is lots of panic, from all political-economic quarters. Some of it is justified—and none of it is straightforward.
Beyond the Moral Panic: The Good Governance Option to Youth Socio-Economic Empowerment in Nigeria
T Abe
African Research Review , 2011,
Abstract: The protracted economic crisis that plaque Nigeria since the early 1980s has impacted negatively on the well-being of youth in the country. The situation is further exacerbated by the high incidence of state failure and the crisis of governance, characterised by the massive deterioration of government institutions, pervasive poverty, corruption and the near total collapse of moral and ethical standards in the country. This has occasioned the worsening and continued deterioration of the socio-economic condition of youth thereby, creating a myriad of problems ranging from poverty, unemployment, drug and substance abuse, family disintegration, crime, violence, frustration and despair. While several attempts have been made to solve youth problems in Nigeria, the outcomes of these initiatives have been sub-optimal, as most existing policies designed to empower youth are borne out of ‘moral panicky’ measures, rather than being genuinely geared towards solving the problem. These policies emanate more out of fear of the negative consequences of youth responses to their poor situation, than in fundamentally addressing the factors responsible for the situation. The good governance option thus, becomes imperative; owing to the prominence it accords structures and processes in achieving outcomes. Its propensity to generate trust and reciprocity in the exercise of authority facilitates order, stability and continuity in state-society interaction that in turn guarantees the sustainability of these outcomes in the long-run. Utilizing secondary data, the study examines the nature and causes of the deteriorating conditions of youth socio-economic situation in Nigeria. It also explores the option of good governance as a panacea, with particular emphasis on active youth participation in policy initiatives, accountability, transparency and effective service delivery.
Introduction: Cultures of Panic  [cached]
Cristyn Davies,Robert Payne
Cultural Studies Review , 2011,
Abstract: The editors of the 'Panic' section of this issue give an overview of panic theory and introduce the articles in the issue.
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