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The culture of fear : why Americans are afraid of the wrong things / Barry Glassner.

By: Glassner, Barry.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Basic Books, 2009Edition: 10th anniversary ed.Description: xxxvi, 322 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780465003365 (pbk.); 0465003362 (pbk.).Subject(s): Social perception -- United States | Social problems -- United States | Anxiety -- United States | Fear -- United States | United States -- Social conditionsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Culture of fear.DDC classification: 302.17
Contents:
Dubious dangers on roadways and campuses: how fears are sold -- Crime in the news: tall tales and overstated statistics -- Youth at risk: faulty diagnoses and callous cures -- Monster moms: on the art of misdirection -- Black men: how to perpetuate prejudice without really trying -- "Smack is back": when presidents and the press collude, the scares never stop -- Metaphoric illnesses: how not to criticize the establishment -- Plane wrecks: small danger, big scare -- Final thoughts: the martians aren't coming -- New fears for a new century: and some old ones updated.
Summary: In the age of 9/11, the War on Terror, financial collapse, and around-the-clock coverage of child abductions, our society is defined by fear. Glassner shows that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk, and he exposes the price we pay for social panic.
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"Updated for our post 9/11 world"--Cover.

Includes reader discussion guide.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

In the age of 9/11, the War on Terror, financial collapse, and around-the-clock coverage of child abductions, our society is defined by fear. Glassner shows that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk, and he exposes the price we pay for social panic.

Dubious dangers on roadways and campuses: how fears are sold -- Crime in the news: tall tales and overstated statistics -- Youth at risk: faulty diagnoses and callous cures -- Monster moms: on the art of misdirection -- Black men: how to perpetuate prejudice without really trying -- "Smack is back": when presidents and the press collude, the scares never stop -- Metaphoric illnesses: how not to criticize the establishment -- Plane wrecks: small danger, big scare -- Final thoughts: the martians aren't coming -- New fears for a new century: and some old ones updated.

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Barry Glassner is a professor of sociology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Glassner previously held posts at Syracuse University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Southern California. He received his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and is the author of The Gospel of Food . Glassner lives in Portland, Oregon.

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