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"Sociology of Leisure: Moral panics RLO" icon

Sociology of Leisure: Moral panics RLO

This RLO is part of "Sociology of Leisure" course. The module discusses some major features of current leisure patterns, but these activities are also central to modern life itself and thus have interests for sociologists. The RLO summarises different approaches to this concept, which offered a way to understand how ‘social opinion’ is mobilised in the media to generate moral campaigns. The concept is associated with some central sociological work on ‘societal reaction’ approaches to understanding deviancy, and with some pioneering work to develop Marxist understandings of the role of the media. In Leisure Studies, the concept has been applied to understand reactions to some spectacular youth cultures, ranging from mods and rockers in the 1960s to rave in the 1990s, and, as the previous... Show More


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michael miller
michael miller (Faculty)
7 years ago

A series of slides that address the conceptual suitability of "moral panic" to how popular media has framed youth movements, particularly those construed by elites as threatening.  Suggests that the concept should be revised to incorporate the ability of "deviant" groups to impose their own definitions of reality through online media creation.  Includes hyperlinks to additional readings, including Marxist interpretations, by other scholars.

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Text based with several images / easily navigated.

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