Key Study - Policing the Crisis by Hall et al

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1. What effect did the moral panic have on the group being targeted?

  • Labelling of large numbers of young blacks as deviants, made figures appear to show rising levels of black crime, lead to justified stronger police measures
  • Unlabelling of small numbers of young blacks as deviants, made figures appear to show falling levels of black crime, lead to unjustified weaker police measures
  • Convinced the public that society's problems caused by immigrants and not capitalst system faults, Gov could justice use of force to surpress the groups that challenged them
  • They got stampeded in all the chaos!
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2. What part did the Media play?

  • Moral panic over muggins commited by black youth, no real evidence
  • By the context of the problem, that the 1970's had fiancial troubles, lead to hegemony being threated, threated ruling class, needed force to control crisis
  • Convinced the public that society's problems caused by immigrants and not capitalst system faults, Gov could justice use of force to surpress the groups that challenged them
  • Leading male

3. How did Hall explain this moral panic?

  • By screaming like a headless Torchic!
  • Convinced the public that society's problems caused by immigrants and not capitalst system faults, Gov could justice use of force to surpress the groups that challenged them
  • By the context of the problem, that the 1970's had fiancial troubles, lead to hegemony being threated, threated ruling class, needed force to control crisis
  • Moral panic over muggins commited by black youth, no real evidence

4. Who identifies two weakenesses of Hall?

  • School bullies
  • Downes and Rock - Says it was bound to rise as result of unemployement but was also not rising quickly, Fails to explain how panic was created
  • Dawn and Brock - Says it was bound to rise as result of unemployement but was also not rising quickly, Fails to explain how panic was created
  • Young - Study provides no evidence that public were panicing over mugging, or that they identified crime with black people

5. What theory is Hall?

  • Marxism
  • Neo-Marxism
  • Feminism
  • Coma theory 0-o

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