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

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

by Frank Furedi
 

ISBN-10: 0826459293

ISBN-13: 9780826459299

Pub. Date: 04/30/2002

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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,

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826459299
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/30/2002
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.89(d)

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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