Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, 2nd Edition
September 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
- Packed with updated and recent examples including terrorism, the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Towers, school shootings, flag burning, and the early-2000s resurgence of the “sex slave” scare
- Includes a new chapter on the media, currently regarded as a major component of the moral panic
- Devotes a chapter to addressing criticisms of the first edition as well as the moral panics concept itself
- Written by long-established experts in the field
- Designed to fit both self-contained courses on moral panics and wider courses on deviance
1. Enter the Moral Panic.
2. The Moral Panic: An Introduction.
3. Three Theories of the Moral Panic.
4. The Moral Panic Meets Its Critics.
5. The Media Ignite and Embody the Moral Panic.
6. Deviance, Morality, and Criminal Law.
7. Collective Behavior.
8. Social Movements.
9. Social Problems.
10. The Renaissance Witch Craze.
11. Drug Abuse Panics.
12. The Feminist Anti-Pornography Crusade.
Epilogue: The Demise and Institutionalization of the Moral Panic.
Nachman Ben-Yehuda is Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His publications include Deviance and Moral Boundaries (1985), The Politics and Morality of Deviance (1990), Political Assassinations by Jews: A Rhetorical Device for Justice (1993), The Masada Myth (1995), Betrayals and Treason (2001), and Selective Remembrances (edited with Philip Kohl and Mara Kozelsky, 2007).
–Philip Jenkins, Pennsylvania State University
"Moral Panics is more than a classic text in social
theory. In this newly updated and enlarged edition, it is an
indispensable text for every twenty-first century scholar
interested in the social construction and diffusion of fear."
–Barry Glassner, author of The Culture of Fear
"Moral panics remains one of the most hotly-debated sociological
ideas to have entered the public sphere, so an up-dated version of
Goode and Ben-Yehuda’s pathbreaking work on this subject is
very welcome. The new version is even more enlightening than its
–Kenneth Thompson, Open University