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Tightening the focus: moral panic, moral regulation and liberal government1

Tightening the focus: moral panic, moral regulation and liberal government1 The purpose of this article is to tighten the focus of moral panic studies by clarifying and elaborating on an analytical framework that conceptualizes moral panic as a form of moral regulation. The first part of the article explains why moral panic should be conceptualized as a form of moral regulation. The second part presents a rejoinder to Critcher's (2009) critique of the widening focus of moral panic studies. The third part elaborates on the conceptual relationship between the sociologies of moral panic and moral regulation by offering fresh insights into the sociological and political importance of moral panic as a technique of liberal government. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The British Journal of Sociology Wiley

Tightening the focus: moral panic, moral regulation and liberal government1

The British Journal of Sociology , Volume 62 (3) – Jan 1, 2011

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Subscription Services
ISSN
0007-1315
eISSN
1468-4446
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-4446.2011.01377.x
pmid
21899526
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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to tighten the focus of moral panic studies by clarifying and elaborating on an analytical framework that conceptualizes moral panic as a form of moral regulation. The first part of the article explains why moral panic should be conceptualized as a form of moral regulation. The second part presents a rejoinder to Critcher's (2009) critique of the widening focus of moral panic studies. The third part elaborates on the conceptual relationship between the sociologies of moral panic and moral regulation by offering fresh insights into the sociological and political importance of moral panic as a technique of liberal government.

Journal

The British Journal of SociologyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2011

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