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We live in a world that is increasingly characterised as full of risk, danger and threat. Every day a new social issue emerges to assail our sensibilities and consciences.  Whether we are academics, researchers, policy makers, welfare practitioners or simply members of the public, we feel paralysed as to know how to respond; we do not know what to do and whom to trust.

This seminar series, which ran from Ocotober 2012 to October 2014 and was sponsored by the UK’s Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC), set out to examine some 21st century social issues and anxieties through the concept of moral panic.  It brought together academics, policy makers, practitioners, journalists and service users to debate and discuss the place of moral panics in policy and practice through a series of seminars held in Edinburgh (November 2012), Bath (May 2013), November (Cardiff 2013) and Glasgow (May 2014).

To coincide with the seminar series, contributors to the series and others have written blogs (published here) and peer reviewed journal articles.  All blog posts represent the views of the author and do not reflect the views or opinions of any institution with which they are affiliated; nor do they reflect the views of the seminar series funder.  All journal publications can be accessed from our seminar series website.

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