Moral PanicsBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7168.1326a (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1326
- A M Daniels, consultant psychiatrist
- West Midlands Poisons Unit, City Hospital, Birmingham
The idea that morals, especially among the young, are deteriorating is not a new one: indeed, it is probably as old as civilisation itself. It either supposes that there was a golden age, when everyone behaved as he or she should, or is a straightforward misperception caused by advancing age.
Kenneth Thompson, professor of sociology at the Open University, attempts in his short book both to describe and explain what have been called moral panics. He provides no …