In 1972, Professor Stanley Cohen FBA published his seminal work ‘Folk Devils and Moral Panics’. On 9 March 2007, Professor Cohen was joined at the British Academy by Professor David Garland, and Professor Stuart Hall FBA, in an evening meeting to reflect on what has happened to the notion of ‘moral panic’. In the edited extract below, Professor David Garland discusses the phenomenon of moral panic and its characteristics.
• David Garland
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