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Author Glassner, Barry
Title The culture of fear : why Americans are afraid of the wrong things / Barry Glassner
Imprint New York : Basic Books, 2009
book jacket
 RCHSS Library  HN59.2 G58 2009    AVAILABLE    30560400598303
Edition 10th anniversary ed
Descript xxxvi, 322 p. ; 21 cm
Note "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
Subject Social perception -- United States
Social problems -- United States
Anxiety -- United States
Fear -- United States
United States -- Social conditions
Perception sociale -- États-Unis
Problèmes sociaux -- États-Unis
Angoisse -- États-Unis
Peur -- États-Unis
Sociale problemen. gtt
Sociale waarneming. gtt
Angst. gtt
Sociologische aspecten. gtt
Beïnvloeding. gtt
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