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The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane

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ISBN10: 0465003362
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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 its 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.

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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.

About the Author

Barry Glassner is professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. He is the author of seven books and countless articles that have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world. His academic research has appeared in the most prestigious journals in sociology and psychiatry. He lives in Los Angeles.

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DANE, May 8, 2015 (view all comments by DANE)
This is one of those books I wish everyone would read and then keep on the shelf for reference. It seems like we've been overwhelmed with stories about how bad EVERYTHING is these days but the facts just don't support the claims. Glassner does an excellent job of giving all sorts of concrete examples of how the two just don't match up. For example, the media tries to tell us that crime and drug use are massive problems but the rates of both have been declining for years. We may hear the stats but we pay attention to the sensational stories instead and then react in a way that's totally inappropriate. "The Culture Of Fear" will definitely make you think twice the next time you hear a report about the next doom and gloom report-of-the-day.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465003365
Author:
Glassner, Barry
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Emotions
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.20x6.84x.97 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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