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The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and Trade Matter
     

The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and Trade Matter

by Gary Alan Fine, Bill Ellis
 

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ISBN-10: 0199736316

ISBN-13: 9780199736317

Pub. Date: 06/10/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Far from mere idle tales, rumors are a valuable window into our anxieties and fears. In The Global Grapevine, two leading authorities on rumor, folklore, and urban legend-Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis-shed light on what contemporary rumors can tell us about the fears and pressures of globalization. In particular, they examine four major themes that emerge over and

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Far from mere idle tales, rumors are a valuable window into our anxieties and fears. In The Global Grapevine, two leading authorities on rumor, folklore, and urban legend-Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis-shed light on what contemporary rumors can tell us about the fears and pressures of globalization. In particular, they examine four major themes that emerge over and over again: rumors about terrorism, about immigration, about international trade, and about tourism. The authors analyze how various rumors underscore American reactions to perceived global threats, show how we interpret our changing world, and highlight fears, fantasies, and cherished beliefs about our place in the world. These rumors, the authors argue, are the visible tip of a vast iceberg of hidden anxieties. Illuminating the most widely circulated rumors in America in recent years, The Global Grapevine offers an invaluable portrait of what these tales reveal about contemporary society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199736317
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rumor and Global Politics
1. Rumor and September 11th: Understanding the Unthinkable
2. A Riot of Conspiracies
3. Migrants: Disease in the Body Politics
4. "There Goes the Neighborhood": Latino Migrants and Immigration Rumors
5. Tourist Troubles: The Travels of Global Rumor
6. The Dangers of International Trade
7. Global Trafficking in Bodies
8. Whispers on the Borderline
Notes
Index

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