is sure to become a classic in the literature of deviance and criminology. It reviews in a critical and informative manner the core concepts of the discipline, taking an international focus. It returns the study of criminology and deviance back to its sociological roots by highlighting the social reaction and construction of crime and deviance. Its readability makes it ideal for use by both undergraduate and graduate students." Simon Singer, University of Buffalo
"Moral Panics is remarkable in its scope and accomplishments. It develops a distinctively sociological account of the rise, demise and institutionalization of moral panics and is especially important for the insight it provides into recurring American panics about drugs." John Hagan, University of Toronto
"In a thoroughly updated new edition of their very valuable book, Goode and Ben-Yehuda demonstrate the wide gulf that so often separates the real menaces facing our society from the disproportionate waves of public fear and concern that regularly surface in the mass media. Their book - intelligently written, wide-ranging and provocative - shows us once again that knowing what a society fears is essential to understanding its core values, and its highest aspirations."
, Pennsylvania State University
"Moral Panics is more than a classic text in social theory. In this newly updated and enlarged edition, it is an indispensable text for every twenty-first century scholar interested in the social construction and diffusion of fear."
–Barry Glassner, author of The Culture of Fear
"Moral panics remains one of the most hotly-debated sociological ideas to have entered the public sphere, so an up-dated version of Goode and Ben-Yehuda’s pathbreaking work on this subject is very welcome. The new version is even more enlightening than its predecessor."
–Kenneth Thompson, Open University
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