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Terrorism and the politics of fear / David L. Altheide.

By: Altheide, David L.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lanham, MD : AltaMira Press, c2006Description: xii, 247 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0759109184 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780759109186 (cloth : alk. paper); 0759109192 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780759109193 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Mass media -- Social aspects -- United States | Mass media and public opinion -- United States | Terrorism in mass media | Fear -- United States | Propaganda -- United States | Social control -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Terrorism and the politics of fear.; Online version:: Terrorism and the politics of fear.DDC classification: 302.230973/090511 Other classification: 05.32 | 89.56
Contents:
Introduction -- The social reality of fear -- The mass media as a social institution -- Crime and terrorism -- Consuming terrorism -- Terrorism and the politics of fear -- The control narrative of the Internet -- The propaganda project and the Iraq War -- Constructing Pat Tillman -- Conclusion: Beyond the politics of fear.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-240) and index.

Introduction -- The social reality of fear -- The mass media as a social institution -- Crime and terrorism -- Consuming terrorism -- Terrorism and the politics of fear -- The control narrative of the Internet -- The propaganda project and the Iraq War -- Constructing Pat Tillman -- Conclusion: Beyond the politics of fear.

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CHOICE Review

In an important book from a well-known scholar, Altheide builds on his previous work, Media Power (1985) and Creating Fear: News and the Construction of Crisis (2002), to analyze the post-9-11 political and social environment in the United States. The author argues that political leaders use fear to control audiences, and that this fear permeates both news and entertainment programming. Leaders do this, he contends, to further their own political careers. Although repetitive in places, this book sets out Altheide's most important contributions: the role of mass media as a social institution; the role of crime in promoting and feeding the fear of terrorism; the politics of fear; and the role of propaganda in the war in Iraq. Lower-division undergraduates will find that this book clearly sets out the important issues associated with the politics of fear. Graduate students and faculty may want more specific and in-depth empirical evidence about the effects of media messages on specific groups of individuals. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. L. J. Roselle Elon University

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David L. Altheide is Regents' Professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, where he has taught for over thirty years

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