Day care as battleground

Using moral panic to locate the front lines

Karina Luzia*

*Corresponding author for this work

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While moral panic has been studied from a range of perspectives, much of this work underestimates its numerous spatial dimensions. Discussion of how place, space or location might inform a particular public moral crisis, or how moral panic is a phenomenon with significant socio-spatial causes and effects, has been left to those interested in how space and place inform social relations, to add a critical geographic perspective to moral panic analyses. Drawing on a recent episode of moral panic around a childcare centre in Sydney, this paper shows how moral panic can be used to locate the current sites of social change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-326
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Geographer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Family
  • Media
  • Moral panic
  • Parenting
  • Sexuality

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