The Culture of Fear

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-05
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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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.

Author Biography

Barry Glassner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He is the author of seven books, including Career Crash and Bodies. He has been quoted extensively or profiled in articles in dozens of newspapers and magazines. His own articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The London Review of Books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Editionp. xi
Introduction: Why Americans Fear the Wrong Thingsp. xix
Dubious Dangers on Roadways and Campuses: How Fears Are Soldp. 1
Crime in the News: Tall Tales and Overstated Statisticsp. 21
Youth at Risk: Faulty Diagnoses and Callous Curesp. 51
Monster Moms: On the Art of Misdirectionp. 85
Black Men: How to Perpetuate Prejudice Without Really Tryingp. 107
ôSmack Is Backö: When Presidents and the Press Collude, the Scares Never Stopp. 129
Metaphoric Illnesses : How Not to Criticize the Establishmentp. 151
Plane Wrecks: Small Danger, Big Scarep. 181
Final Thoughts: The Martians Aren't Comingp. 203
New Fears for a New Century: And Some Old Ones Updatedp. 211
Notesp. 245
Reader Discussion Guidep. 299
Indexp. 305
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I recommend this book to everyone. May 18, 2011
The Culture of Fear will inspire you to independent thought. It helps to put all the, supposedly, scary things into perspective. In The Culture of Fear, Barry Glassner shows that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. This textbook is revised for the first time in ten years, an update of the classic book, with new material on the administration of George W. Bush and the use of fear in the war on terror. I recommend this textbook and ecampus as the best bookstore I ever dealt with!
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