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Moral Panic Neutralization Project: A media based intervention

Veno, Arthur and van den Eynde, Julie (2007) Moral Panic Neutralization Project: A media based intervention. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 17 (6). pp. 490-506. ISSN 1052-9284

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Abstract

Moral panics are a major technique used by government in the politics of fear. The central research question addressed was ‘can moral panic be neutralized?’ Researchers formed a coalition with folk devils (an outlaw motorcycle club) in an emerging moral panic to answer the research question. The contest for public support was played out in the media. Results of the action research process are reported using ‘thick narrative’ and included: (1) government calling off its moral panic campaign, (2) a large decrease in public support for the government’s campaign against outlaw motorcycle clubs (OMCs), (3) increased acceptance of OMCs in public opinion polls and (4) dramatic reversals in newspaper editorials. The case study illustrates actors in moral panics have agency and provides an example of a macro-level intervention through which liberation from oppression was affected.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16801, fear politics, oppression, outlaw motorcycle clubs
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 23:19
Last Modified: 17 May 2012 23:19
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3431
DOI: 10.1002/casp.944
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Citations in Scopus: 4 - View on Scopus

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