Revisiting Moral Panics

Drawing on the popular Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC) seminar series, this book examines social issues and anxieties, and the solutions to them, through the concept of moral panic.

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We live in a world that is increasingly characterised as full of risk, danger and threat. Every day a new social issue emerges to assail our sensibilities and consciences. Drawing on the popular Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC) seminar series, this book examines these social issues and anxieties, and the solutions to them, through the concept of moral panic.

With a commentary by Charles Critcher and contributions from both well-known and up-and-coming researchers and practitioners, this is a stimulating and innovative overview of moral panic ideas, which will be an essential resource.

Viviene E. Cree is Professor of Social Work Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She is a qualified youth and community worker and social worker, and has written and researched extensively on social work.

Gary Clapton is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and was formerly a children and families practitioner in Edinburgh and London. He has written widely on the subject of moral panics.

Mark Smith is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. He has previous practice experience in residential child care.

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