Terrorism And The Politics Of Fear / Edition 1

Terrorism And The Politics Of Fear / Edition 1

by David L. Altheide
     
 

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.

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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface and Acknowledgements 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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