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Terrorism and the Politics of Fear / Edition 1
     

Terrorism and the Politics of Fear / Edition 1

by David L. Altheide
 

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ISBN-10: 0759109192

ISBN-13: 9780759109193

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: AltaMira Press

In this powerful new book, sociologist David L. Altheide demonstrates how the mass media constructs a politics of fear in America. He argues that politicians and decision-makers bear much of the blame for the promotion of fear among citizens, resulting in the loss of civil liberties in return for greater protection. From a social interactionist perspective,

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In this powerful new book, sociologist David L. Altheide demonstrates how the mass media constructs a politics of fear in America. He argues that politicians and decision-makers bear much of the blame for the promotion of fear among citizens, resulting in the loss of civil liberties in return for greater protection. From a social interactionist perspective, Altheide presents his thesis that fear-as-entertainment informs the production of popular culture and news, generates profits, enables political decision-makers to cynically manipulate citizens, and can lead to major institutional changes, even war. The author dissects in turn: a modern propaganda campaign in the justification of the invasion of Iraq to the American people; the expansion of control and surveillance on the Internet; and the construction of a 'hero fighting terrorism' to promote patriotism, in the story of a promising young Arizona sports hero, Pat Tillman, who joined the Army and was killed by his fellow Rangers in Afghanistan. This thoughtful treatment of a timely subject will be indispensable to teachers and students of sociology, media, politics, and criminology studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759109193
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,262,100
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 The Social Reality of Fear
Chapter 4 The Mass Media as a Social Institution
Chapter 5 Crime and Terrorism
Chapter 6 Consuming Terrorism
Chapter 7 Terrorism and the Politics of Fear
Chapter 8 The Control Narrative of the Internet
Chapter 9 The Propaganda Project and the Iraq War
Chapter 10 Constructing Pat Tillman
Chapter 11 Conclusion: Beyond the Politics of Fear
Chapter 12 References
Chapter 13 Index
Chapter 14 About the Author

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