Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Tuesday, May 27 3:30pm-5:00pm Vallee-300

Primary Session Category: Theory/The Sociology of Sociology
Session Code: The3
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: “Durkheimian boundary setting ceremonies continue to be staged by the mass media. But they have become desperate, incoherent and self-referential. […] This means that moral panic narratives have to defend a ‘more complex and brittle’ social order, a less deferential culture.”

Stanley Cohen, Introduction to the Third Edition of Folk Devils and Moral  Panics (Routledge, 2002: p. xxx)

What does the moral panic entail in the current cultural and political spectrum? Although the concept may have withstood criticism for its parochial position, contemporary literature suggests it has made a theoretically and methodologically varied comeback. This session intends to explore the issue of morality and moralization beyond the otherwise restrictive annals of moral panic and moral regulation in hopes of developing deep ties with classical and contemporary social theory with the intention to broaden the spectrum of morality studies.

Session Organizer: Robert Nonomura, The University of Western Ontario, Sociology,

Chair: Robert Nonomura


1. Kerri Ann Scheer

“Sorry for your loss”: The role of apologies, the advent of Apology Act legislation, and importing remorse into administrative court contexts

2. Lawrence Hamilton Williams

Sexual Attraction to Non-human Animals: Reflexively Managed Desires

3. Etienne Godard Flamand

Beyond the Naturalization of Progress and the Culturalization of Nature: Nations and the Story of the Universal

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