Folk Devils are personifications of evils identified in moral panics, especially those involving drugs. They usually appear as caricatured or stereotypic members of marginalized ethnic groups and are made to serve as scapegoats for the anxieties of the community.[1] In 19th century America, Chinese immigrants were the focus of a moral panic called the Yellow Peril over opium, infectious disease, prostitution and homosexuality. [2] In season after season, Nancy Botwin thwarts a series of folk devils such as Esteban Reyes.[3]


  1. Stanley Cohen. 1980. Folk Devils and Moral Panics: The Creation of the Mods and Rockets. 2nd. New York: St. Martin's Press.
  2. Diana L. Ahmad. 2007. The Opium Debate and Chinese Exclusion Laws in the Nineteenth-century American West. University of Nevada Press. ISBN 0874176980.
  3. John Hickman "Theorizing Weeds" Like the Dew

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