Sociology 350 - Class Notes 092210

Sociology 350 - Class Notes 092210 - Sociology 360 Class...

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Sociology 360 Class Notes September 2, 2010 Constructing Deviance: Moral Panic Readings: DeYoung – “Another Look at Moral Panics: The Case of Satanic Day Care Centers” Sternheimer – “Do Video Games Kill?” Announcements/Current Events What is moral panic? Why do moral panics periodically emerge? o Daycare panics o Who benefits from moral panics? Who doesn’t? TUESDAY: First in-class essay; moral panic about drugs Moral panic Slippery slope Repetition Expert Mob mentality (fear based) induced fear by a moral entrepreneur that is Boys’ behavior redefined few followers vastly out of proportion to Hyperbole threat Solution Manufacture a fear
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Unformatted text preview: Sociology 360 Class Notes September 2, 2010 Strategy Used • Bad/good parent • Devil/sin • Plays on pre-existing concerns/fears • Plays on unknown – example: children/future PANIC TIMING/TRIGGER DENOUNMENT Sexual abuse/ Women in the labor force Lack of evidence Satanic worship Fear of demonic influences More regulations Political shift Symbolic Highly publicized Technological shift Zero-tolerance policy School shootings Political environment More technology (new panic) Shows – cops/teen violence Sexting Entertainment industry Growing hostility to a lot of people Peace time Who does not benefit from moral panic? • Folk devils • Working moms • Day care • Kids who play video games...
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2010 for the course SOCI 350 taught by Professor Sternheimer during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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