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Moral Panic(s) in the 21st Century

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Adam John Elliott-Cooper, Estelle du Boulay, Eleanor Kilroy

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-166
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Although Policing the Crisis brought thorough academic analysis to the overlap between police, government and media racism, black communities, and those standing in solidarity with them had been organising to address these issues long before. This resistance continues today, and Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) has been working with communities to support such initiatives for over thirty years. The work of NMP covers a range of issues, many of which are not dissimilar from those being challenged when Policing the Crisis was first published. What has changed however, is much of the racially charged language employed by the police and media. One example of this is the narrative around the gang, creating a new moral panic, to reproduce the same old racist domination.

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