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Title Moral panics, social fears, and the media : historical perspectives / edited by Siân Nicholas and Tom O'Malley
Published New York : Routledge, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 245 pages) : illustrations
Series Routledge research in cultural and media studies ; 46
Routledge research in cultural and media studies ; 46
Contents Foreword / Martin Barker -- Introduction / Siân Nicholas and Tom O'Malley -- Approaches to the Media, Moral Panics and Social Fears. Model Answers: Moral Panics and Media History / Chas Critcher -- Moral Panics, Emotion and Newspaper History / Kevin Williams -- The Wertham case: Evaluating Effects on Media Theories / Janet Staiger -- The Media as an Object of Fear. "I Will Answer You, My Friend, but I am Afraid": Telephones and the Fear of a New Medium in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Italy / Gabriele Balbi -- The Dreadful World of Edwardian Wireless / David Hendy -- Cinema, Social Fears and Moral Panics in Britain's Tropical Empire / James Burns -- The Response to Television in the UK 1947-77: A Study in the Media and Social Fear / Tom O'Malley -- Panics, fear and the media. Unmarried: Unmarried Motherhood in Post-First World War British Film / Eve Colpus -- Watching the Detectives (and the Constables): Fearing the Police in 1920s Britain / John Carter Wood -- Fifth Columnists, Collaborators and Black Marketeers: Fearing the "Enemy Within" in the Wartime British Media / Siân Nicholas -- Citizenship, Sexual Anxiety and Womanhood in Second World War Britain: the Case of the Man with the Cleft Chin / Matthew Grant -- "Enemy television": fear as a motive force in East German television programming / Claudia Dittmar -- "The Ugly Tide of Today's Teenage Violence": Revisiting the Clockwork Orange Controversy in the UK / Peter Kramer
Summary The media have always played a central role in organising the way ideas flow through societies. But what happens when those ideas are disruptive to normal social relations? Bringing together work by scholars in history, media and cultural studies and sociology, this collection explores this role in more depth and with more attention paid to the complexities behind conventional analyses. Attention is paid to morality and regulation; empire and film; the role of women; authoritarianism; wartime and fears of treachery; and fears of cultural contamination. The book begins with essays that contextualise the theoretical and historiographical issues of the relationship between social fears, moral panics and the media. The second section provides case studies which illustrate the ways in which the media has participated in, or been seen as the source of, the creation of threats to society. Finally, the third section then shows how historical research calls into question simple assumptions about the relationship between the media and social disruption
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mass media and public opinion.
Mass media -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Mass media -- Social aspects.
Moral panics.
Form Electronic book
Author Nicholas, Siân, editor
O'Malley, Tom, 1955- editor
ISBN 020338623X (electronic bk.)
1136731547 (electronic bk.)
9780203386231 (electronic bk.)
9781136731549 (electronic bk.)