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Moral panic

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A moral panic is a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society. [1]

110 relations: AlterNet, Angela McRobbie, Émile Durkheim, Bethany, West Virginia, Blue Whale (game), British Sociological Association, Broadway theatre, Brunel University London, Child abduction, Cholera, Christian fundamentalism, Colin Hay (political scientist), Columbine High School massacre, Crime in the Streets, Crime statistics, Crisis theory, Crusades, Culture, Cytomegalovirus, Death Race (1976 video game), Demon, Deviance (sociology), Donald Trump, Doom (1993 video game), Dungeons & Dragons, Ebola virus disease, Evil, Fantasy, Fear, Fearmongering, Felony, Folk devil, Great Stink, Herd mentality, High School Confidential (film), HIV/AIDS, Human trafficking, Influence of mass media, Influenza A virus subtype H1N1, Internet censorship, Jock Young, Judicial discretion, Labeling theory, Magic (supernatural), Mann Act, Marshall McLuhan, Mass media, Max Weber, Miasma theory, Millennial Harbinger, ..., Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Mods and rockers, Moral entrepreneur, Mortal Kombat, Muckraker, Murder, Murder of Edna Phillips, Murder of James Bulger, Mycosis, Open Court Publishing Company, Open University, Oxford University Press, Pedophilia, Persecutory delusion, Planned Parenthood, Pneumonia, Pornography, Porthmadog, Prostitution, Public health, Rebel Without a Cause, Religious paranoia, Robbery, Role-playing game, Royal Society of Arts, SAGE Publications, Sarah Thornton, Satanic ritual abuse, Satanism, Severe acute respiratory syndrome, Sex offender, Sex work, Sidney R. Yates, Simian, Social control, Social mania, Social panic, Social science, Social stigma, Society, Stanley Cohen (sociologist), Stuart Hall (cultural theorist), Suicide, Sunderland, Switchblade, Tabletop role-playing game, The British Journal of Criminology, The Delinquents (1957 film), The Guardian, The Princeton Theological Review, Toxoplasmosis, Tuberculosis, Understanding Media, Victorian era, Video game, War on drugs, West Side Story, Witchcraft, Zika fever, 12 Angry Men (1957 film). Expand index (60 more) »


AlterNet is a progressive news magazine owned by AlterNet Media, Inc.

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Angela McRobbie

Angela McRobbie, FBA (born 1951) is a British cultural theorist, feminist and commentator whose work combines the study of popular culture, contemporary media practices and feminism through conceptions of a third-person reflexive gaze.

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Émile Durkheim

David Émile Durkheim (or; April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) was a French sociologist.

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Bethany, West Virginia

Bethany is a town in Brooke County, West Virginia, United States.

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Blue Whale (game)

Blue Whale, also known as "Blue Whale Challenge", is a social network phenomenon dating from 2016 that is claimed to exist in several countries, despite no cases having been confirmed.

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British Sociological Association

The British Sociological Association (BSA) is a scholarly and professional society for sociologists in the United Kingdom, and was founded in 1951.

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Broadway theatre

Broadway theatre,Although theater is the generally preferred spelling in the United States (see American and British English spelling differences), many Broadway venues, performers and trade groups for live dramatic presentations use the spelling theatre.

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Brunel University London

Brunel University London is a public research university located in Uxbridge, West London, United Kingdom.

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Child abduction

Child abduction or child theft is the unauthorized removal of a minor (a child under the age of legal adulthood) from the custody of the child's natural parents or legally appointed guardians. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in the United States an estimated 460,000 children were reported missing in 2015, most of which are not abducted. 97% return or are found alive. The term child abduction conflates two legal and social categories which differ by their perpetrating contexts: abduction by members of the child's family or abduction by strangers.

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Cholera is an infection of the small intestine by some strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

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Christian fundamentalism

Christian fundamentalism began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among British and American Protestants at merriam-webster.com.

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Colin Hay (political scientist)

Colin Hay (born 19 November 1968), is Professor of Political Sciences at Sciences Po, Paris and Affiliate Professor of Political Analysis at the University of Sheffield and joint editor-in-chief of the journal Comparative European Politics.

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Columbine High School massacre

The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, in the Denver metropolitan area.

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Crime in the Streets

Crime in the Streets is a 1956 film about juvenile delinquency, directed by Don Siegel and based on a television play written by Reginald Rose.

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Crime statistics

There are several methods for measuring the prevalence of crime.

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Crisis theory

Crisis theory, concerning the causes and consequences of the tendency for the rate of profit to fall in a capitalist system, is now generally associated with Marxian economics.

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The Crusades were a series of religious wars sanctioned by the Latin Church in the medieval period.

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Culture is the social behavior and norms found in human societies.

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (from the Greek cyto-, "cell", and megalo-, "large") is a genus of viruses in the order Herpesvirales, in the family Herpesviridae, in the subfamily Betaherpesvirinae.

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Death Race (1976 video game)

Death Race is an arcade game released by Exidy in the United States, first shipping to arcade distributors on April 1, 1976.

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A demon (from Koine Greek δαιμόνιον daimónion) is a supernatural and often malevolent being prevalent in religion, occultism, literature, fiction, mythology and folklore.

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Deviance (sociology)

In sociology, deviance describes an action or behavior that violates social norms, including a formally enacted rule (e.g., crime), as well as informal violations of social norms (e.g., rejecting folkways and mores).

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Donald Trump

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017.

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Doom (1993 video game)

Doom (typeset as DOOM in official documents and stylized as DooM in other media) is a 1993 first-person shooter (FPS) video game by id Software.

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Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&DMead, Malcomson; ''Dungeons & Dragons'' FAQ or DnD) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

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Ebola virus disease

Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola, is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses.

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Evil, in a colloquial sense, is the opposite of good, the word being an efficient substitute for the more precise but religion-associated word "wickedness." As defined in philosophy it is the name for the psychology and instinct of individuals which selfishly but often necessarily defends the personal boundary against deadly attacks and serious threats.

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Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world.

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Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behavior, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.

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Fearmongering or scaremongering is the spreading of frightening and exaggerated rumors of an impending danger or the habit or tactic of purposely and needlessly arousing public fear about an issue.

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The term felony, in some common law countries, is defined as a serious crime.

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Folk devil

Folk devil is a person or group of people who are portrayed in folklore or the media as outsiders and deviant, and who are blamed for crimes or other sorts of social problems; see also: scapegoat.

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Great Stink

The Great Stink was an event in central London in July and August 1858 during which the hot weather exacerbated the smell of untreated human waste and industrial effluent that was present on the banks of the River Thames.

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Herd mentality

Herd mentality, mob mentality and pack mentality, also lesser known as gang mentality, describes how people can be influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors on a largely emotional, rather than rational, basis.

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High School Confidential (film)

High School Confidential is a 1958 crime drama film directed by Jack Arnold, starring Mamie Van Doren, Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew, Jackie Coogan, Diane Jergens and Michael Landon.

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Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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Human trafficking

Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.

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Influence of mass media

In media studies, media psychology, communication theory and sociology, media influence and media effects are topics relating to mass media and media culture effects on individual or audience thought, attitudes and behavior.

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Influenza A virus subtype H1N1

Influenza A (H1N1) virus is the subtype of influenza A virus that was the most common cause of human influenza (flu) in 2009, and is associated with the 1918 outbreak known as the Spanish Flu.

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Internet censorship

Internet censorship is the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the Internet enacted by regulators, or on their own initiative.

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Jock Young

Jock Young (4 March 1942 – 16 November 2013) was a sociologist and a influential criminologist.

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Judicial discretion

Judicial discretion is the power of the judiciary to make some legal decisions according to their discretion.

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Labeling theory

Labeling theory is the theory of how the self-identity and behavior of individuals may be determined or influenced by the terms used to describe or classify them.

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Magic (supernatural)

Magic is a category in Western culture into which have been placed various beliefs and practices considered separate from both religion and science.

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Mann Act

The White-Slave Traffic Act, or the Mann Act, is a United States federal law, passed June 25, 1910 (ch. 395,; codified as amended at). It is named after Congressman James Robert Mann of Illinois, and in its original form made it a felony to engage in interstate or foreign commerce transport of "any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose".

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Marshall McLuhan

Herbert Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911December 31, 1980) was a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual.

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Mass media

The mass media is a diversified collection of media technologies that reach a large audience via mass communication.

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Max Weber

Maximilian Karl Emil "Max" Weber (21 April 1864 – 14 June 1920) was a German sociologist, philosopher, jurist, and political economist.

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Miasma theory

The miasma theory (also called the miasmatic theory) is an obsolete medical theory that held that diseases—such as cholera, chlamydia, or the Black Death—were caused by a miasma (μίασμα, ancient Greek: "pollution"), a noxious form of "bad air", also known as night air.

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Millennial Harbinger

The Millennial Harbinger was a religious magazine established by the early Restoration Movement leader Alexander Campbell in 1830.

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Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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Mods and rockers

Mods and rockers were two conflicting British youth subcultures of the early/mid 1960s to early 1970s.

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Moral entrepreneur

A moral entrepreneur is an individual, group or formal organization that seeks to influence a group to adopt or maintain a norm.

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Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat is a video game franchise originally developed by Midway Games' Chicago studio in 1992.

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The term muckraker was used in the Progressive Era to characterize reform-minded American journalists who attacked established institutions and leaders as corrupt.

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Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought.

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Murder of Edna Phillips

Edna Phillips was a 70-year-old woman who was murdered on 16 July 1992 by two teenage girls, one of them her next-door neighbour, at her home on a council estate in Penywaun in South Wales.

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Murder of James Bulger

James Patrick Bulger (16 March 1990 – 12 February 1993) was a boy from Kirkby, Merseyside, England, who was murdered on 12 February 1993, at the age of two.

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Mycosis is a fungal infection of animals, including humans.

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Open Court Publishing Company

The Open Court Publishing Company is a publisher with offices in Chicago and La Salle, Illinois.

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Open University

The Open University (OU) is a public distance learning and research university, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.

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Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest after Cambridge University Press.

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Pedophilia, or paedophilia, is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children.

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Persecutory delusion

Persecutory delusions are a set of delusional conditions in which the affected persons believe they are being persecuted.

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Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA), or Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally.

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Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung affecting primarily the small air sacs known as alveoli.

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Pornography (often abbreviated porn) is the portrayal of sexual subject matter for the exclusive purpose of sexual arousal.

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Porthmadog, known locally as "Port", is a small coastal town and community in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd, in Wales.

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Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment.

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Public health

Public health is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting human health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals".

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Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers.

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Religious paranoia

Religious paranoia is an irrational fear of being purposefully attacked by an outside agent(s) in or through some religious context.

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Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take anything of value by force, threat of force, or by putting the victim in fear.

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Role-playing game

A role-playing game (sometimes spelled roleplaying game and abbreviated to RPG) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting.

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Royal Society of Arts

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) is a London-based, British organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges.

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SAGE Publications

SAGE Publishing is an independent publishing company founded in 1965 in New York by Sara Miller McCune and now based in California.

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Sarah Thornton

Sarah L. Thornton is a writer, ethnographer and sociologist of culture.

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Satanic ritual abuse

Satanic ritual abuse (SRA, sometimes known as ritual abuse, ritualistic abuse, organised abuse, sadistic ritual abuse, and other variants) was the subject of a moral panic (often referred to as the Satanic Panic) that originated in the United States in the 1980s, spreading throughout many parts of the world by the late 1990s.

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Satanism is a group of ideological and philosophical beliefs based on Satan.

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory disease of zoonotic origin caused by the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV).

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Sex offender

A sex offender (sexual offender, sex abuser, or sexual abuser) is a person who has committed a sex crime.

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Sex work

Sex work is "the exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation.

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Sidney R. Yates

Sidney Richard Yates (August 27, 1909 – October 5, 2000) was a politician from the state of Illinois.

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The simians (infraorder Simiiformes) are monkeys and apes, cladistically including: the New World monkeys or platyrrhines, and the catarrhine clade consisting of the Old World monkeys and apes (including humans).

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Social control

Social control is a concept within the disciplines of the social sciences.

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Social mania

Social manias are mass movements which periodically sweep through societies.

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Social panic

A social panic is a state where a social or community group reacts negatively and in an extreme or irrational manner to unexpected or unforeseen changes in their expected social status quo.

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Social science

Social science is a major category of academic disciplines, concerned with society and the relationships among individuals within a society.

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Social stigma

Social stigma is disapproval of (or discontent with) a person based on socially characteristic grounds that are perceived.

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A society is a group of individuals involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations.

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Stanley Cohen (sociologist)

Stanley Cohen, FBA (23 February 1942 – 7 January 2013) was a sociologist and criminologist, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, known for breaking academic ground on "emotional management", including the mismanagement of emotions in the form of sentimentality, overreaction, and emotional denial.

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Stuart Hall (cultural theorist)

Stuart McPhail Hall, FBA (3 February 1932 – 10 February 2014) was a Jamaican-born cultural theorist, political activist and Marxist sociologist who lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1951.

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Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death.

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Sunderland is a city at the centre of the City of Sunderland metropolitan borough, in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 10 miles southeast of Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 miles northeast of Durham, 101 miles southeast of Edinburgh, 104 miles north-northeast of Manchester, 77 miles north of Leeds, and 240 miles north-northwest of London.

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A switchblade (also known as an automatic knife, pushbutton knife, ejector knife, switch, Sprenger,Benson, Ragnar (1989). Switchblade: The Ace of Blades. Paladin Press. pp. 1–14.. The switchblade is also known in Germany as the Springmesser. Springer,Shackleford, Steve (ed.) (2009). Blade's Guide To Knives And Their Values. Krause Publications. pp. 151–152. flick knife, or flick blade) is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button, lever, or switch on the handle or bolster is activated.

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Tabletop role-playing game

A tabletop role-playing game (or pen-and-paper role-playing game) is a form of role-playing game (RPG) in which the participants describe their characters' actions through speech.

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The British Journal of Criminology

The British Journal of Criminology is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed Criminology / law journal focusing on British and International criminology.

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The Delinquents (1957 film)

The Delinquents is a 1957 American drama film written, produced, and directed by Robert Altman in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri during the summer of 1956 on a $63,000 budget.

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The Guardian

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper.

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The Princeton Theological Review

The Princeton Theological Review is an annual academic journal published by students of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii.

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Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB).

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Understanding Media

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man is a 1964 book by Marshall McLuhan, in which the author proposes that the media, not the content that they carry, should be the focus of study.

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Victorian era

In the history of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901.

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Video game

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.

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War on drugs

War on Drugs is an American term usually applied to the U.S. federal government's campaign of prohibition of drugs, military aid, and military intervention, with the stated aim being to reduce the illegal drug trade.

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West Side Story

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

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Witchcraft or witchery broadly means the practice of and belief in magical skills and abilities exercised by solitary practitioners and groups.

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Zika fever

Zika fever, also known as Zika virus disease or simply Zika, is an infectious disease caused by the Zika virus.

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12 Angry Men (1957 film)

12 Angry Men is a 1957 American courtroom drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose.

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