Moral panics. OU lecture


people sought to rebel.

subcultures try to push back boundaries of conduct.

state of youth – subject of panic

people turned to acid house parties in 1980s

govt suggesting gaoling organisers

”nuisance to many more than a nuisance to some” – home secretary

police tried to stop parties.

sarah thornton from canada came to UK to do a PhD about clubs in 1988

acid house was term invented in an album

hysteria around these parties – sensational reporting. made these parties seem more alluring. gave it credibility.

tabloids varied between positive and negative coverage

The Sun turned against acid house parties after 3 weeks having previously told people how to dress for these parties

Youth like scandal. makes their culture seem important

criminal justice act 1994 – clamp down on raves

define the musical form in order to criminalise it.




About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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