Looking through the gates of hell: a case study on Satanism and the ritual abuse panic

Gleeson, Craig (2008) Looking through the gates of hell: a case study on Satanism and the ritual abuse panic. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    During the late 1980s and 1990s the UK experienced a satanic ritual abuse epidemic that saw many children across Britain taken away from their homes and families in order to save them from the satanic threat. This dissertation set out to investigate the dangers and criminal elements that have been associated with Satanism and ascertain whether any real danger ever existed. This was done by looking into the past of Satanism and the previous incidences where people were attacked because of their occult beliefs, and by looking closely at the crimes that have carried the satanic label. These were then applied to theories of labelling, moral crusades and moral enterprises in order to analyse why Satanism became a threat to society. I was able to achieve this by looking at a wide range of literature on the subject and draw conclusions from the previous academic research on the subject. The satanic panic was found to be lacking evidence to support its claims and the parties involved received much criticism as a result of their actions.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/505

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