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Moral panic

Society worries about an issue
Moral panic created around 'mugging' in the 1970s


Folk devil

Young black men were seen as the folk devil
Used to distract the public from the mishandling of the economy
However, led to fear of black men in Britain and an increase in stop and search policies


Crisis in hegemony

Hegemony is a term which means political and ideological domination of society by the ruling class
However around this time this was clearly being lost


Evaluation +

Can be applied to contemporary moral panics in society


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Downes and rock have heavily criticized the study because it says it contradicts itself
One side says mugging was not rising rapidly BUT the other side they say crimes committed by young black males were bound to ride because of the increase in unemployment