Hysteria: Crime, Media, and Politics

Hysteria: Crime, Media, and Politics

by Marc Schuilenburg

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According to the medical world, hysteria is a thing of the past, an outdated diagnosis that has disappeared for good. This book argues that hysteria is in fact alive and well.

Hyperventilating, we rush from one incident into the next – there is hardly time for a breather. From the worldwide run on toilet paper to cope with coronavirus fears to the overheated discussions about immigration and overwrought reactions to the levels of crime and disorder around us, we live in a culture of hysteria. While hysteria is typically discussed in emotional terms – as an obstacle to be overcome – it nevertheless has very real consequences in everyday life. Irritating though this may be, hysteria needs to be taken seriously, for what it tells us about our society and way of life. That is why Marc Schuilenburg examines what hysteria is and why it is fuelled by a culture that not only abuses, but also encourages and rewards it.

Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, criminology, philosophy and all those interested in hysteria and how it permeates late modern society.

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ISBN-13: 9781000363845
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/28/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 156
File size: 658 KB

About the Author

Marc Schuilenburg is Professor at the Faculty of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is the author of the critically and publicly acclaimed book The Securitization of Society. 

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeff Ferrell  1.Hysteria is Dead, Long Live Hysteria  2.The Fathers of Hysteria  3.Hobbes' War  4.Would the Real Human Being Please Stand Up?  5.From Minority Report to Reporting Minorities  6.So You Think You Can Participate?  7.Race Riots in Rotterdam  8.The Success Paradox

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