Child sex crimes, moral panics and the press

Candy, Jenny (2011) Child sex crimes, moral panics and the press. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation compares the impact of moral panics in the press regarding fears about child abduction and murder, through two chosen case studies. The first looks at the role of the press covering the Moors Murders of the 1960s. The second looks at the Soham murders of 2002. It aims to assess whether moral panics operate in the modern media environment in the way as suggested by Cohen in his 1972 study, Folk Devils and Moral Panics. Or if the intensity of the modern environment has led to changes in the ways that panics are communicated and constructed today. This dissertation concludes that moral panics, irresponsibly created by the press, can reduce audiences to passive recipients who have a heightened sense of fear about the threat of crimes against children.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 11:09
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58

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