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Moral Panics

  • By: Alexander W. Pisciotta
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

Moral panics—artificially created crime scares— have long and strong roots in American history. Researchers, often influenced by critical conflict-oriented Marxist themes, have demonstrated that moral entrepreneurs demonized “dangerous groups” to serve their own religious, ...

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