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The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, & So Much More / Edition 10
     

The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, & So Much More / Edition 10

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by Barry Glassner
 

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ISBN-10: 0465003362

ISBN-13: 9780465003365

Pub. Date: 01/05/2010

Publisher: Basic Books


In the age of 9/11, the Iraq War, financial collapse, and Amber Alerts, our society is defined by fear. So it's not surprising that three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today then they did twenty years ago. But are we living in exceptionally dangerous times? In The Culture of Fear, sociologist Barry Glassner demonstrates that it is our

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In the age of 9/11, the Iraq War, financial collapse, and Amber Alerts, our society is defined by fear. So it's not surprising that three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today then they did twenty years ago. But are we living in exceptionally dangerous times? In The Culture of Fear, sociologist Barry Glassner demonstrates that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. Glassner exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears, including advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases and politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime, drug use, and terrorism. In this new edition of a classic book—more relevant now than when it was first published—Glassner exposes the price we pay for social panic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465003365
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
134,492
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Edition xi

Introduction: Why Americans Fear the Wrong Things xix

1 Dubious Dangers on Roadways and Campuses: How Fears Are Sold 1

2 Crime in the News: Tall Tales and Overstated Statistics 21

3 Youth at Risk: Faulty Diagnoses and Callous Cures 51

4 Monster Moms: On the Art of Misdirection 85

5 Black Men: How to Perpetuate Prejudice Without Really Trying 107

6 "Smack Is Back": When Presidents and the Press Collude, the Scares Never Stop 129

7 Metaphoric Illnesses : How Not to Criticize the Establishment 151

8 Plane Wrecks: Small Danger, Big Scare 181

9 Final Thoughts: The Martians Aren't Coming 203

10 New Fears for a New Century: And Some Old Ones Updated 211

Notes 245

Reader Discussion Guide 299

Index 305

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The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, R 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rational thinking at its finest.
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michael_demaria More than 1 year ago
Barry Glassner’s book titled Culture of Fear is a fascinating deconstruction of fear perpetuated in American society, and by extent, what it means to live in the current American society that is crippled by such fear. His treatise is separated into sections, with each tackling a different troubling topic such as road rage, youth violence, and illness. Glassner provides statistical facts for all of his assertions, and is able to back everything up with unbiased numbers, greatly strengthening his viewpoints on these topics. Glassner suggests that fear is propagated through the media to keep us sheltered and downtrodden, recycling images from incidents such as the Columbine Massacre as a constant reminder of how terrible things can get. Glassner is not arguing that tragedy cannot occur, only that the fears have been blown way out of proportion and should not dictate our everyday decisions. Glassner’s logic is absolutely sound and based on hard facts and make reading Culture of Fear a truly eye-opening experience.
KimberlyZ More than 1 year ago
Each day Americans are bombarded by a torrent of media messages that often direct attention to overblown situations and cause people to fear things that should not be feared. Barry Glassner reminds us again and again that frequently our fears are unbelievably exaggerated given the actual frequency of these rare events. Barry Glassner is currently a sociology professor at the University of Southern California. In his Los Angeles Times Best Seller The Culture of Fear, Glasser uses persuasive logic that normally would go unrealized, well-chosen statistics, and specific news articles to reveal the infrequency of such events that bring fear into Americans homes. Some of these specific examples he chooses to exploit were road rage and the fact that certain criminals as such as cyber-predators are very rare and those few instances where kids are abducted by them are overblown by the media to scare parents. Some of our fears do serve some function, however be keeping us aware of our surrounding and keep us aware of possible dangers. News and media coverage tend to use these fears for their own reasoning. They can use the public’s fear to earn higher ratings for the news stations, politicians may play on society’s fears during elections to help support their following, and lobbyists for special interest groups also exchange fear for increased fundraising and promotions. This book was very good because it really helped me realize how our worries should be moved towards other things and that if society did refocus their fear we can make bigger safety improvements. His book is an antidote to the media and it enlightens Americans on the “fears” they encounter daily. The Culture of Fear is a book that is able to satisfy an array of different audiences because it is an interesting and eye opening book that will show you a new way to view the world around you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recalibrate your fear-o-meter and start worrying about the right things and forget about the overblown.
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mjrBB More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because I think the author did a good job at shooting holes in the media's attack in warning Americans of what to fear. I also liked this book because it shows how the media can portray an issue that most people don't view as a fear and turn it into an epidemic that everyone should worry about and take precautions to make sure it doesn't happen to them. The reasons I didn't like this book is because some of the viewpoints argued by the author are not very strong arguments. Some of the issues could be actual issues in real life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*silently stalks a small eagle.he jumps on it killing it before it could make a noise with a swift bite to the neck.Icepaw:gets a mouthfull of catmint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*begins to daydream about her mate Shadowscar before purring contently*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a young maple tree a robin has made its nest. From the ground its three blue eggs can be seen. Eggs that make tasty treats that Fearclan cats dont often get. If a cat were careful they could succesfully kill the robin without any of the eggs dropping...