The Day Care Ritual Abuse Moral Panic

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McFarland, 31 dec. 2003 - 280 sidor
In the United States during the early 1980s, hundreds of day care providers were accused of sexually abusing their young charges in satanic rituals that included blood drinking, cannibalism, and human sacrifice. The panic surrounding the ritual abuse of children has spread quickly to Canada, Europe, and Australasia, and its rapid dispersion has been unimpeded by international investigations that found no evidence to corroborate the allegations and warned that a moral panic was thrusting them into professional public attention. This work is a sociologically based analysis of the day care ritual abuse panic in America. It introduces the concept of moral panic and analyzes its relevance to the ritual abuse scare, explores the ideological, political, economic, and professional forces that fomented the panic, discusses the McMartin Preschool case as the incident that brought attention to satanic menaces and children, and examines the dialect between the various interest groups that stirred up and spread the moral panic and the day care providers accused of ritual abuse. Also covered are the popular culture representations of day care ritual abuse, the diffusion of the scare to areas overseas, the institutionally symbolic and ideologically contradictory social ends of the panic, and the outcomes of the panic in various settings. The book ends with a discussion of moral panic theory and how it needs to be changed for a complex, multi-mediated postmodern culture, and what lessons can be learned from the scare.
 

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List of Tables
4
The Devil Goes to Day Care
26
Signs and Symptoms of Ritual Abuse
33
Enter the ChildSavers
43
Contrasts and Comparisons Between Symptom Lists
56
Betwixt and Between
58
Sample of 22 American Day Care Ritual Abuse Cases
59
Demonizing Defiant Folk Devils
76
Open Court v Shielded Testimony of Children in the Criminal Trials of 26 Providers
127
Verdicts and Sentences in Day Care Ritual Abuse Trials
152
Appeal Decisions in Day Care Ritual Abuse Trials
155
The Devil Goes Abroad
166
Sample of European and Australasian Ritual Abuse Cases
174
Examples of Public Inquiries into International Ritual Abuse Cases
179
When All Is Said and Done
192
Brief Summary of Three Ritual Abuse Laws
214

Morality Plays
115
Legal Dispositions of 19 Untried Providers
116
Predictions of Testimonial Abilities vs Actual Performance of Child Witnesses on CrossExamination in State v Akiki
123
Notes
229
Index
261
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Sidan 2 - Societies appear to be subject, every now and then, to periods of moral panic. A condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests...
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Sidan 2 - Sometimes the subject of the panic is quite novel and at other times it is something which has been in existence long enough, but suddenly appears in the limelight. Sometimes the panic passes over and is forgotten, except in folklore and collective memory; at other times it has more serious and long-lasting repercussions and might produce such changes as those in legal and social policy or even in the way society conceives itself.
Sidan 2 - ... manned by editors, bishops, politicians and other right-thinking people; socially accredited experts pronounce their diagnoses and solutions; ways of coping are evolved (or more often) resorted to; the condition then disappears, submerges or deteriorates and becomes more visible. Sometimes the subject of the panic is quite novel and at other times it is something which has been in existence long enough, but suddenly appears in the limelight.

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Om författaren (2003)

Mary de Young, a professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University, lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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