Thinking Allowed - Stanley Cohen

Updated Wednesday 13th February 2013

The eminent sociologist Stan Cohen passed away in January. This week's Thinking Allowed is dedicated to him 

Laurie Taylor presents a special programme which pays tribute to the work and legacy of one of the most significant sociologists of our times, Stan Cohen. 

Cohen came up with the term 'moral panic' in his study Folk Devils and Moral Panics (1972), referring to the media and social reaction to the Mods and Rockers of the 1960s. British criminologists regard his study as being the most influential work in their field over the last 40 years. 

Read more about moral panic below and watch this Open University video, Moral Panics: The Agony and the Ecstasy. 

Thinking Allowed is on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesdays at 4.00pm and repeated on Monday mornings at 12.15am. Full transmission details, and listen again links, can be found on bbc.co.uk

 

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