Culture of Fear: Risk-Taking and the Morality of Low Expectation Revised Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

Fear has become an ever-expanding part of life in the West in the twenty-first century. We live in terror of disease, abuse, stranger danger, environmental devastation and terrorist onslaught. We are bombarded with reports of new concerns for our safety and that of our children, and urged to take greater precautions and seek more protection. But compared to the past, or to the developing world, people in contemporary Western societies have much less familiarity with pain, suffering, debilitating disease and death. We actually enjoy an unprecedented level of personal safety. When confronted with events like the destruction of the World Trade Center, fear for the future is inevitable. But what happened on September 11th, 2001 was in many ways an old fashioned act of terror, representing the destructive side of human passions. Frank Furedi argues that the greater danger in our culture is the tendency to fear achievements that represent a more constructive side of humanity. We panic about genetically engineered food, about genetic research, about the health dangers of mobile phones. The facts, however, often fail to support the scare stories about new or growing risks to our health and safety. Instead, it is our obsession with theoretical risks that is in danger of distracting us from dealing with the old-fashioned dangers that have always threatened our lives.

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Arguing that the statistics fail to support the preoccupation with many health and safety risks, Furedi (sociology, U. of Kent; Canterbury, UK) analyzes the roots and implications of contemporary risk consciousness viewed as proportional to the decline of shared values. The author examines the culture of stranger danger, abuse as the expected norm, the new etiquette of caution, and accommodations to perceived powerlessness. Paper edition (33751-X), $21.95. Distributed in the US by Book International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Arguing that Western societies are increasingly dominated by a culture of fear, Furedi (sociology, U. of Kent at Canterbury, UK) contends that the risk-avoidance priorities of this culture of fear "assigns a minimalist role for human agency." It represents a form of predestination and fatalism, the main victim of which has been the corporations who are victimized by consumer advocates continually praying upon the public's avoidance of risk. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826459299
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Furedi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of numerous books including Culture of Fear, Invitation to Terror and Paranoid Parenting, all published by Continuum.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. The Explosion of Risks2. Why Do We Panic?3. The Culture of Abuse4. A World of Risky Strangers5. Who Can You Trust6. The New Etiquette7. Conclusions--The Politics of FearBibliographyIndex

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