Essay on Analysis Of Stanley Cohen And Jock Young

1623 Words Feb 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Stanley Cohen and Jock Young are two of the most influential sociologists, and their work on crime and the media has done a lot to help identify and understand moral panics. Thanks to Cohen’s and Young 's work it now allows for news stories to be properly assess and to help determine what is and what isn 't a moral panic. Which is very important because being able to skip to through all the nonsense that the news companies produces and find the real important issues that should be discussed is crucial. Moral panic involves cultural conflict, presented with stereotypically terms, the moral panic involves scientific experts, police, the courts and other agencies of social control (Young, and Cohen 2008. p.4,13). A moral panic occurs when a moral disturbance around a claim that direct interests were violated, and the public out cry is overwhelmingly disproportionate about the panic (Young, and Cohen, 2008. p.13). The contributions that Cohen and Young made are the two strands of deviant theory, moral indignation into moral panic, new deviant revolution, and anomie theory. All of those contributions are used to help asses whether a story that the news companies are reporting genuinely newsworthy or not. To further explain moral panics there are three terms to help, they are moral disturbance, proportionality and displacement, and volatility and transgression. Moral disturbances explains that moral panics are not just false information, that spread like wildfire but when…

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