Journalism and the Moral Politics of Othering

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  • Journalism and the Moral Politics of Othering
    • Key terms and definitions
      • Moral panic
        • From Stan Cohen's Folk Devils and Moral Panics
          • Mods and rockers; media moral panic surrounding this
            • Young people stigmatised, held up as threat to law and order
            • Over severe police reaction at alleged "violent" Clacton clashes
        • “A condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests.”
        • “its nature is presented in a stylised and stereotypical fashion by the mass media”
        • “the moral barricades are manned by editors, bishops, politicians and other right-thinking people”
      • Othering
        • Demonising figures in the press
          • E.g Ralph Miliband's father: This man DID HATE Britain
        • Young people stigmatised, held up as threat to law and order
    • Key theories
      • Stuart Hall Policing the Crisis
        • Also talks about moral panics, expands upon Cohen's work
          • “the official reaction to a person, groups of persons or series of events is out of all proportion to the actual threat offered”
        • “the official reaction to a person, groups of persons or series of events is out of all proportion to the actual threat offered”

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