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In the age of 9/11, the Iraq War, financial collapse, and Amber Alerts, our society is defined by fear. So it’s not surprising that three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today then they did twenty years ago. But are we living in exceptionally dangerous times?
In The Culture of Fear, sociologist Barry Glassner demonstrates that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. Glassner exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears, including advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases and politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime, drug use, and terrorism. In this new edition of a classic book—more relevant now than when it was first published—Glassner exposes the price we pay for social panic.
|Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Edition||p. xi|
|Introduction: Why Americans Fear the Wrong Things||p. xix|
|Dubious Dangers on Roadways and Campuses: How Fears Are Sold||p. 1|
|Crime in the News: Tall Tales and Overstated Statistics||p. 21|
|Youth at Risk: Faulty Diagnoses and Callous Cures||p. 51|
|Monster Moms: On the Art of Misdirection||p. 85|
|Black Men: How to Perpetuate Prejudice Without Really Trying||p. 107|
|ôSmack Is Backö: When Presidents and the Press Collude, the Scares Never Stop||p. 129|
|Metaphoric Illnesses : How Not to Criticize the Establishment||p. 151|
|Plane Wrecks: Small Danger, Big Scare||p. 181|
|Final Thoughts: The Martians Aren't Coming||p. 203|
|New Fears for a New Century: And Some Old Ones Updated||p. 211|
|Reader Discussion Guide||p. 299|
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