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Friday, August 05, 2005

Moral panics, old and new
By Gilbert Herdt

Moral panics are the natural disasters of human society, and like tsunamis and tornados, they oppress the human condition. British sociologist Stanley Cohen remarked: “Societies appear to be subject, every now and then, to periods of moral panic. A condition, episode, person, or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests.”


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