Organized evil and the atlantic alliance: moral panics and the rhetoric of organized crime policing in America and Britain
Woodiwiss, M. and Hobbs, D. (2008) Organized evil and the atlantic alliance: moral panics and the rhetoric of organized crime policing in America and Britain. The British Journal of Criminology, 49 (1). pp. 106-128. ISSN 0007-0955 (online ISSN 1464-3529)
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azn054
Moral panics are conventionally associated with the interpretations of youthful action imposed by powerful state or media forces. However, the concept is also useful in understanding more generally how social problems are constructed and presented. In this paper we consider how a vague term such as “organised crime” has emerged as a vehicle for exclusionary rhetorics in both the USA and Britain. While the origins of the organised crime moral panic in the USA can be located amongst moral entrepreneurs, the British version is marked by the outpourings of a right-wing media, and the influence of American foreign policy.
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