The Agency of Affectivity in the Ritual Abuse Moral Panic

Rafał Smoczyński

This paper aims to contribute to the analysis of ritual abuse moral panic through the development of insights on the role of affectivity in triggering anti-Satanist fantasies and consequently leading to social control practices. The proposed argument intends to demonstrate that in addition to the social sciences’ dominant explanation about the crucial role of the interest groups in stirring the early modern Europe witch craze and late 20th century ritual abuse scare, the emergence and maintenance of satanic panic should be also perceived within the perspective of the subject’s libidinal dynamics.


Keywords: Affect · ritual abuse · moral panic · anamorphosis

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