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Compare and contrast the approaches of Cohen and Hall et al. to the role of the media in relation to social disorder.

How do we define social order?   Philosopher Charles Taylor (2004, P58) ‘the human capacity to imagine order is at the foundation of society itself’. Social order is how we all live, work, and socially interact with one another in day to day live within society. We all live within our own patterns or routines (Goffman 1959, 1971 and 1972) If it’s our daily job or the routes we follow when commuting we all follow some kind of pattern in the way we live which gives all our own kind of social order. Then we have the stranger interaction, how we respond to a smile or gesture someone gives us or the opening of a door for someone there is always a socially acceptable response that’s expected to keep the social order within society. There are also the social authorities around us that great the broader social order in our lives. The government creates and passes the laws that we all live by, then we have the police who have to enforce the laws so we can live a socially ordered life, there is all so parents and teachers who give the younger generation the social values that we are all expected to live within. It’s the idea that social order is shaped by social determinations and how we live and interact is moulded by people other than ourselves (Faucoutt 1972,1977,1978).

Having social order gives us definitions on how we live out our lives but then we need to give a definition to social disorders and the way it can be created and how we look at it as individually and as a whole. Social disorders created when we go against what is acceptable, what is created around us by collective groupes to make social order. An example relating to disorder was the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 (Lodge and Hood, 2002). The law was created after several incidents of severe dog attacks, and the media attention that was created by them causing mass public...