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2016 | 21(21) | 115-137

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The influence of moral panic on the perception of public security


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This thesis contains an analysis of public discourse in Poland concerning the relationship between the rights of people who took the punishment prescribed sentence for sexual offenses and activities of the state which, through the legal system and legislation seeking to ensure public security by isolating these people from society. The theoretical frame of analysis is the concept of and thus influences the perception of safety. The empirical analysis applies, held in 2014, public debate on the threat that was carrying the release from prison of Mariusz Trynkiewicz underlying concept of work is the assumption that moral panic, with some reservations, it should be taken as an indication of public interest in a particular issue of public safety. Publicizing it through the mass media “legitimize” it as a serious social problem in the area of security, which requires rapid legal and institutional solutions. As an analytical scheme used in the text of a hybrid model analyzes of moral panic, which integrates the previous sequential approach and attributive moral panic, often applied in studies of the relationship between the state and other entities of security. This concept has so far rarely been used in research on public security. The basic thesis of the work is the belief that moral panic intensifies the threat rated as “a state of obsessions”.




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