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Moral panics

LC control no.sh2006005324
Topical headingMoral panics
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Variant(s)Panics, Moral
See alsoPanic
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Scope noteHere are entered works on periodic episodes of concern, often fueled by sensationalist media reporting, that some individual or group, such as a minority group or subculture, poses a threat to a country and is a menace to society.
Found inWikipedia, July 19, 2006 ("A moral panic is a mass movement based on the false or exaggerated perception that some cultural behavior or group of people, frequently a minority group or a subculture, is dangerously deviant and poses a menace to society. It has also been more broadly defined as an "episode, condition, person or group of persons" that has in recent times been "defined as a threat to societal values and interests.") Web site, July 19, 2006 ("a term describing periodic episodes of concern about the threat of a particular group to the nation-state. Moral panics are normally fuelled by sensationalist media reporting, and are generally diffused by the state through policies which aim to counteract this imagined threat.")
LC database, July 19, 2006 (moral panic; moral panics)
New York Times Web site, July 19, 2006 (moral panic; moral panics)