The Scapegoat mechanism and the media: Beyond the folk devil paradigm

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Abstract

This chapter re-evaluates Stanley Cohen's classic sociological study of scapegoating mechanisms in light of Renee Girard's anthropology of mimesis and rivalry. Like Cohen's work, it looks at the nature of media, and mediation, and seeks to use Girard, and a variety of recent postmodern theories of media, to make new sense of this old problem.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMimesis, movies, and media
EditorsScott Cowdell, Chris Fleming, Joel Hodge
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Chapter2
Pages17-32
Number of pages16
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic) 9781628924657
ISBN (Print)9781628924640
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameViolence, Desire, and the Sacred

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