Moral panics and social work: A response to David Pilgrim

Mark Smith, Viviene E. Cree, Gary Clapton

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In his article 'Child sexual abuse, moral panics and emancipatory practice' (Pilgrim, 2017), David Pilgrim seeks to use our book, Revisiting moral panics (Cree et al, 2015), to construct a straw man, which needs to be knocked down to preserve his own particular view of child sexual abuse. There are many problems in the way he does so, which we address in this response.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
Issue number2
Early online date24 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


  • moral panics
  • child sexual abuse

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