Article Analysis Moral Panics: Culture, Politics, and Social Construction

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Article Analysis
Moral Panics: Culture, Politics, and Social Construction

Introduction:
One might heard about threats, warnings and illegal actions that are influencing the society at their peak. No matter which culture an individual is belonged to, the thing that matters is the panic he has been influenced by, through various ways. Such panic is simply termed as moral panic and it has been the cause of cultural conflicts, social disturbances and political issues. Moral panic has been a hot topic of discussion that considered through several different perspectives; emphasizing on this aspect, various scholars and researchers have illustrated the society with the instances of social, culture and political problems and more specifically
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On the other hand, action groups have also been created as the result of moral panic. Considering the existing measures and remedies insufficient, the action groups are coped with the new threat. In addition to it, two features are considered to portray the moral panic and to notify the witness that community is in the rule of moral panic; thus expansion disaster mentality and creation of construction of folk devils have been considered those two features. Describing the folk devil a deviant, Goode and Ben-Yehuda state that an individual is a folk devil of he is involved in misconduct or crime and his actions reflect harm to the community. They are considered evil and selfish and some generous measures should be taken to normalize their actions. In this way, in spectrum of moral panic, the establishment of disaster mentality has strong connection with the measures taken before, after or during a natural disaster. These involve likelihoods of awaiting doom, threat’s institutionalization, false alarms and overreactions.
Social Problems and Moral Panics:
Entering the concept of social problems, it is said that social problems can be looked through constructionist or objectivist approach. According to the objectivists, social problem is an object that harms or damages the wellbeing and human life; a condition that can be the cause of disease or death and harmful for the quality of life is considered social problem (Manis, 1976).

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