The statutory rape crisis: a moral panic?

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Sullivan, Catherine en Buckley, Lydia 2016-05-25T08:26:58Z 2016-05-25T08:26:58Z 2016 2016
dc.identifier.citation Buckley, L. 2016. The statutory rape crisis: a moral panic?. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.description.abstract In this thesis I argue that the statutory rape crisis which materialised following the decisions in CC v Ireland and A v The Governor of Arbour Hill Prison, was a moral panic. I also contend that Mr A, a convicted sex offender who was released during the crisis, was a folk devil. Using data obtained from an ethnographic content analysis of a selection of newspapers, interest group statements, and Oireachtas debates, I demonstrate that the social response to the statutory rape crisis exhibits the key indicators of the moral panic phenomenon put forward by Goode and Ben-Yehuda. These key indicators are: concern, consensus, hostility, disproportionality and volatility. I employ the theory of moral panic to explain why the events of the statutory rape crisis ignited such emotion and why Mr A became a folk devil of the moral panic en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Lydia Buckley. en
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dc.subject Child abuse en
dc.subject Moral panic en
dc.title The statutory rape crisis: a moral panic? en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Law) en
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dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Law en
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dc.internal.conferring Summer 2016 en

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