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Author Wuthnow, Robert
Title Be very afraid : the cultural response to terror, pandemics, environmental devastation, nuclear annihilation, and other threats / Robert Wuthnow
Imprint New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2010
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  HV551.2 .W88 2010    AVAILABLE    30610020440962
Descript 294 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-278) and index
Introduction -- Perilous times -- The nuclear-haunted era -- What to mobilize against -- Waging war on terror -- Weapons of mass destruction -- Panics and pandemics -- Environmental catastrophe -- Setting a new agenda -- The call for action -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Index
Examines the human response to existential threats--once a matter for theology, but now looming before us in multiple forms. Nuclear weapons, pandemics, global warming: each threatens to destroy the planet, or at least to annihilate our species. Freud, Wuthnow notes, famously taught that the standard psychological response to an overwhelming danger is denial. In fact, Wuthnow argues, the opposite is true: we seek ways of positively meeting the threat, of doing something--anything--even if it's wasteful and time-consuming. It would be one thing if our responses were merely pointless, Wuthnow observes, but they can actually be harmful.--From publisher description
Subject Emergency management
Fear -- Social aspects
Terrorism -- Social aspects
Terrorism -- Psychological aspects
Epidemics -- Social aspects
Epidemics -- Psychological aspects
Global warming -- Social aspects
Global warming -- Psychological aspects
Nuclear weapons -- Social aspects
Nuclear weapons -- Psychological aspects
Weapons of mass destruction -- Psychological aspects
Weapons of mass destruction -- Social aspects
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