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“A Dictionary of Sociology defines a moral panic as “the process of arousing social concern over an issue – usually the work of moral entrepreneurs and the mass media”.”
A moral panic is a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society. A Dictionary of Sociology defines a moral panic as “the process of arousing social concern over an issue – usually the …

“Examples of moral panic include the belief in widespread abduction of children by predatory paedophiles,[5][6][7] belief in ritual abuse of women and children by satanic cults, the War on Drugs, and other public health issues.”(edited)
20th–21st century: Public health 1950s: Switchblades 1970s–present: Increase in crime 1970s–present: Video games and violence 1970s–present: War on drugs 1980s–1990s: Dungeons & Dragons 1980s–1990s: Satanic ritual abuse 1980s–present: HIV/AIDS 1990s–present: Sex offenders 2000–present: Human trafficking
Moral panics have several distinct features. According to Goode and Ben-Yehuda, moral panic consists of the following characteristics:[8] Concern – There must be the belief that the behaviour of the group or activity deemed deviant is likely to have a negative effect on society. Hostility – Hostility toward the group in question increases, and they become “folk devils”. A clear division forms between “them” and “us”. Consensus – Though concern does not have to be nationwide, there must be widespread acceptance that the group in question poses a very real threat to society. It is important at this stage that the “moral entrepreneurs” are vocal and the “folk devils” appear weak and disorganized. Disproportionality – The action taken is disproportionate to the actual threat posed by the accused group. Volatility – Moral panics are highly volatile and tend to disappear as quickly as they appeared because public interest wanes or news reports change to another narrative.
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