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Folk Devils and Moral Panics: Creation of Mods and Rockers [Paperback]

Stanley Cohen
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19 Dec 2002 0415267129 978-0415267120 3rd
Stanley Cohen's study of Mods and Rockers in the 1960s was a foundational text both in terms of investigating the workings of subcultural groups and identifying the concept of a 'moral panic' generated by the media, which leads to groups being vilified in the popular imagination, and inhibits rational debate about solutions to the social problems such groups represent. The insights Cohen provides into subculture and mass morality are as relevant today as they were when the book was originally published in 1972, as illustrated by the author's introduction for this new edition, in which he tracks moral panics over the last thirty years, commenting on the demonization of young offenders and asylum seekers and on the News of the World's 'name and shame' campaign against paedophiles.
Revisiting the theory of moral panic and exploring the way in which the concept has been used, this new edition features a select bibliography of key texts for further reading. The third edition of Folk Devils and Moral Panics makes available a valuable and widely recommended text.

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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3rd edition (19 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415267129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415267120
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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""Stan Cohen's Folk Devils and Moral Panics' was a brilliant and subtle exercise in "grounded theory." It has proved consistently fertile for a great deal of new work in sociological analysis the thirty years since its first publication and its critical idea of "moral panics" proved to be generative for a wide variety of scholars and research fields. In the new introduction to the third edition, an original piece of reflection on the vicarious pathways of its appropriation, and a wonderful reprise of its uses and abuses, Stan Cohen gently but steadily guides us back to its original illuminating intellectual core." Stuart Hall, Emeritus Professor, The Open University."

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Professor Stanley Cohen is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. He received the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology (1985) and is on the Board of the International Council on Human Rights. He is a member of the British Academy.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Readable Guide to the Topic 3 Mar 2004
This is obviously the reference work on the phenomenon of moral panics and as such essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the topic. As a work of social science it can be hard going at times and is probably not for the casual reader, however those with a reasonable understanding of the subject area will find it a generally very readable work.
The new introduction for the third edition is also an excellent review of some of the moral panics of the last few years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS book 6 May 2012
By K. Bond
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This book is a must for anyone studying criminology, sociology, psychology... or who just has an interest in human nature and how we are influenced by outside pressures. This 30th anniversary edition has been updated to reflect more recent events such as the killing of James Bulger (the original was written about the Mods and Rockers phenomenon). Whether you read it as a textbook, or simply out of an interest in social history, this is unmissable. Unlike many sociologists, Stan Cohen uses accessible language - always a bonus when reading for coursework!! :D
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Source book. 4 Nov 2010
This book is fantastic as a sociological and criminological resource and i recommend it heartily to anyone studying these disciplines.
The writing is not a awfully dense as many other sociology texts and provides an interesting and enjoyable read.
His observations are succinct and extremely insightful. A master of modern criminology indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Use for Open University DD131 TMA04 1 Oct 2010
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I got this to proviude background info for TMA04 for OU course DD131 (DD101). Imnmensly readable and sensible - yes I know the summary info is all in the main text book, but the source puts the case clearly. Also if you get the 1980 Second Edition, then Cohen's new introduction helps point towards how you can mix and match with other models (e.g. Policing the Crisis). However the TMA hasn't been marked so I can't say whether it worked.

As a sociology book it is VERY easy reading (couple of hours before going to bed).

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Amazing; shows how nothing has really changed since first publication. The issues are still there just new and bigger labeling issues.
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