The following study was conducted
in post 2000 and made up a large part of my degree in Criminology.
In the third year of study each student was asked to
complete a 10,000 word dissertation on a subject of
your choice. Heroin use was prevalent in my home town
at this time, and given its relevance to criminology
I felt it an ideal subject to concentrate on. I therefore
came up with the following hypothesis.....
'....by applying Howard Becker's moral crisis production
model to a contemporary crime epidemic I will demonstrate
the existence of a moral panic which exceeds the real
problem, that of heroin use.....'
The findings of the study,
and indeed the methodology adopted, offer some very
interesting issues. It also offers the contemporary
student the opportunity of reviewing the content and
methods employed within a dissertation.