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Outlaw territory: Criminality, neighborhoods, and the Edward Savitz case


In a reassessment of an earlier analysis of the Edward Savitz case (Patton, 1992a) that relied on a moral panic theory framework to the exclusion of the class and geographical elements of the story, this essay offers an explanation for the preeminence of moral panic analysis in the first decade of AIDS and demonstrates the utility of an alternative form of analysis for the Savitz case that would take those previously overlooked elements into account.

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Patton, C. Outlaw territory: Criminality, neighborhoods, and the Edward Savitz case. Sex Res Soc Policy 2, 63 (2005).

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  • AIDS
  • youth
  • pedophilia
  • sex crimes
  • working-class sexual cultures