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Keywords and moral panics: Mary Whitehouse and media censorship

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In this chapter I will use the analytical framework established in McEnery1 in order to investigate the moral panic encoded in the writings produced by Mary Whitehouse in the 1960s and 1970s in Britain. In so doing, I will use keywords as a way of focussing on the aboutness of the moral panic. Through a study of patterns of colligation and collocation I will explore the moral panic in the Mary Whitehouse Corpus (MWC). To begin with, however, let me briefly review both (1) the corpora used in this chapter, and (2) moral panics and the use of keywords to explore them.