- Series: Communication and Social Order
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 31, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0202303780
- ISBN-13: 978-0202303789
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,625,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“During the 1980s, media sensationalism and the rhetoric of fundamentalist preachers ushered in a new threat to the US - satanism. This collection examines the satanism scare as an emergent social problem grounded in extant belief systems but constructed through social action. The volume is well organized and provides an excellent, comprehensive, and readable treatment of the topic . . . Collectively, the articles in this volume make an important contribution to this approach to social problems as well as offering interesting insights into such topics as deviance, collective behavior, and the mass media. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”
—J. Lynxwiler, Choice
“The Satanism Scare is an important look at one of the most telling and least understood excitements of our time. A wise and compelling book.”
—Kai Erikson, Yale University
“The Satanism Scare is a rare multidisciplinary look into a currently popular folk belief of growing cultural and social significance. Folklorists, anthropologists, sociologists, criminologists, an attorney, and a journalist all contribute their unique perspectives in this outstanding effort to understand the most recent manifestation of the traditional Euro-American witch-hunt. The broad interdisciplinary range of investigators covers a variety of data and research strategies. . . . [A] very useful compilation.”
—Linda J. Jencson, The Journal of American Folklore
“Let’s not mince words here. This book represents a facile and exemplary use of the social constructionist perspective. The editors have done an outstanding job of gathering a set of contributions to their volume, with a very high level of scholarship evidenced. . . . The Satanism Scare is an excellent book for use in upper-level classes in crime, deviance, religion, and social movements. It should also be required reading for cult cops and mental health workers. Come to think of it, it’s a good read for just about anyone interested in critical thinking.”
—Raymond A. Eve, Social Forces
About the Author
David G. Bromley is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Senior Project Director in the Survey Research Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Joel E. Best is professor at the department of sociology and criminal justice, University of Delaware. He is the author of numerous books, including Flavor of the Month: Why Smart People Fall for Fads; Deviance: Career of a Concept; and Random Violence: How We Talk about New Crimes and New Victims.
James T. Richardson is Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he directs the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program. He does research in sociology of religion (on new religions or “cults”) and social psychology of law. He has co-authored several books, along with many articles in professional journals.
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