Commentators have long debated ‘the moral’ in ideas about moral panic, moral regulation and moral discourse. This byte teases out some of the fundamental moral questions that continue to perplex us, about life and death, good and evil, and sex and the body. With an appraisal of the work of one of the chief architects of moral panic ideas, Jock Young, it asks whether these ideas may help or hinder our understanding of these complex issues.
Introduction - Mark Smith;
1. The Moral Crusade Against Paedophilia - Frank Furedi;
2. Animal Welfare, Morals and Faith in the ‘Religious Slaughter’ Debate - David Grumett;
3. From genuine to sham marriage: moral panic and the ‘authenticity’ of relationships - Michaela Benson & Katharine Charsley;
4. Integration, Exclusion and the Moral ‘Othering’ of Roma Migrant Communities in Britain - Colin Clark;
5. Assisted Dying: Moral Panic or Moral Issue? - Malcolm Payne;
Afterword: Heather Lynch