Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties / Edition 1

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Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties addresses how environmental and biological fears are used to manufacture threats to individual, national, and global security. Contributors from a wide variety of perspectives discuss what they share in common: the view that fears should be critically examined to avoid unnecessary alarm and scapegoating of people and nations as the "enemy Other." by uncovering the tools that make fear resonate in the public consciousness, by identifying the interests that create or are sustained by fears, Making Threats engages with some of the most potent and disturbing political and cultural aspects of contemporary life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742549074
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Hartmann is the Director of the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College. Banu Subramaniam is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Charles Zerner is Professor of Environmental Studies at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : making threats : biofears and environmental anxieties 1
2 Duct tape or plastic? : the political economy of threats and the production of fear 25
3 Making civilian-soldiers : the militarization of inner space 47
Reflections - consuming national security 71
4 Malthusianism and the terror of scarcity 81
Reflections - scarcity, modernity, terror 99
5 Decoding the debate on "Frankenfood" 109
6 The aliens have landed! : reflections on the rhetoric of biological invasions 135
Reflections - impure biology : the deadly synergy of racialization and geneticization 149
7 Emerging cartographies of environmental danger : Africa, Ebola, and AIDS 159
Reflections - feeling invasion 187
8 Inventing bioterrorism : the political construction of civilian risk 197
9 Pernicious peasants and angry young men : the strategic demography of threats 217
Reflections - bioterrorism and national security : peripheral threats, core vulnerabilities 237
10 Conclusion : unraveling fear 247
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