Chapter 15, The Social Construction of Drug Scares, Reinarman.

Seven Elements of a Drug Scare:

1. A Kernel of Truth:

2. Media Magnification:

3. Politico-Moral Entrepreneurs:

4. Professional Interest Groups:

5. Historical Context of Conflict:

6. Linking a Form of Drug Use to a “Dangerous Class”:

7. Scapegoating a Drug for a Wide Array of Public Problems:


3 Reasons the U.S. is Ripe for a Drug Scare:

1. Vocabulary of attribution 

2. The temperance culture

3. The postmodern mass consumption culture.


Chapter 16: Blowing Smoke; Tuggle and Holmes

2 strategies of anti-smoking moral entrepreneurs

1. Assimilative reform

2. Coercive reform  

 3 Status Claims by Anti-Smoking Groups

1. Health Risks

2. Moral Superiority

3. Social Class


 Independent Concept:  

knowledge class

Also important: the status conflicts between moral entrepreneurs, and how one group tried to boost their status and legitimacy (in the stratification hierarchy) by pushing the other group down. They did this by defining them and their smoking behavior as undesirable and deviant.


Chapter 17: Failure to Launch: Jenkins

 Five features in the literature on moral panics:

1. Perception of threat

2. Expert diagnoses

3. Mass media stereotyping

4. Hysteria

5. Decline


Jenkins’ 7 Features of Ideal Moral Panics:

1. Multiple, diverse agencies

2. Comprehensible story

3. Accessible to the public

4. Narrative with heroes and villains

5. Pictures or videos

6. Solution identified

7. Prior public knowledge


Independent Concept:



Chapter 18: Legitimated Suppression: Inner-City Mexican-Americans and the Police: Robert J. Durán

Systematic Suppression

1. Legitimated Profiling

2. Interacting with Suspected Gang Members

3. Intelligence Gathering

4. Serious Forms of Police Misconduct


Independent Concepts:

Ecological Contamination

Minority Threat Hypothesis

Three results of this kind of anti-gang enforcement