Rave And Drug Culture From The 1980 ' S Essay

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The representation of Rave and Drug culture from the 1980’s and why it has always been associated together and how this sparks Moral Panics
In this essay I will investigate how rave culture caused such a moral panic and why it was (and still is) thought to be so closely linked with drug use, especially the intake of Ecstasy. Techno music (House) and MDMA would both have survived without each other, but their marriage was mutually beneficial; together they gave birth to rave culture. Rave culture started in the 1980’s, with the development of acid house, dance music and clubbing. Although this sub culture has always been seen in a negative way it transformed club culture by turning it into a global force that influences every pop genre. It has created a thriving branch in the entertainment industry as they saw it was becoming increasingly popular and more of this underground music was coming over ground. It was seen as controversial as it helped break down sexual and racial divides, as during this time black people were still discriminated against and were not allowed in nightclubs which instigated the first warehouse parties. However police and the public have been determined to supress many sub cultures as they create moral panics and are seen as folk devils.
Stanley Cohen’s theory created (1972). The concept is that moral panic is characterized by the reaction of the media, the public and the police/government to the youth disturbances. If it is a threat to social order…

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