To be human is to experience fear, but what is it exactly that makes us fearful? Landscapes of Fearwritten immediately after his classic Space and Placeis renowned geographer Yi-Fu Tuan’s influential exploration of the spaces of fear and of how these landscapes shift during our lives and vary throughout history.
In a series of linked essays that journey broadly across place, time, and cultures, Tuan examines the diverse manifestations and causes of fear in individuals and societies: he describes the horror created by epidemic disease and supernatural visions of witches and ghosts; violence and fear in the country and the city; fears of drought, flood, famine, and disease; and the ways in which authorities devise landscapes of terror to instill fear and subservience in their own populations.
In this groundbreaking worknow with a new preface by the authorYi-Fu Tuan reaches back into our prehistory to discover what is universal and what is particular in our inheritance of fear. Tuan emphasizes that human fear is a constant; it causes us to draw what he calls our “circles of safety” and at the same time acts as a foundational impetus behind curiosity, growth, and adventure.
|Publisher:||University of Minnesota Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Yi-Fu Tuan is the J. K. Wright and Vilas Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 3
2 Fear in the Growing Child 11
3 The Child as Unformed Nature 25
4 "Fearless" Societies 35
5 Fear of Nature: Great Hunters and Pioneer Farmers 45
6 Natural Calamities and Famines 56
7 Fear in the Medieval World 73
8 Fear of Disease 87
9 Fear of Human Nature: Witches 105
10 Fear of Human Nature: Ghosts 113
11 Violence and Fear in the Countryside 130
12 Fear in the City 145
13 Public Humiliation and Execution 175
14 Exile and Confinement 187
15 The Open Circle 202
16 Fears: Past and Present 209
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