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The Culture of Fear By Barry Glassner

The Culture of Fear
by Barry Glassner

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Three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today than they did 20 years ago. "The Culture of Fear" is about the high costs of living in such a fear-ridden environment where realism has become rarer than doors without deadbolts.
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The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things by Barry Glassner

There has never been another era in modern history, even during wartime or the Great Depression, when so many people have feared so much. Three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today then they did twenty years ago. The Culture of Fear describes the high costs of living in a fear-ridden environment where realism has become rarer than doors without deadbolts. Why do we have so many fears these days? Are we living in exceptionally dangerous times? To watch the news, youd certainly think so, but Glassner demonstrates that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. The Culture of Fear is an expose of the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears: politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime and drug use even as rates for both are declining; advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases; TV newsmagazines that monger a new scare every week to garner ratings. Glassner spells out the prices we pay for social panics: the huge sums of money that go to waste on unnecessary programs and products as well as time and energy spent worrying about our fears.

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About Barry Glassner


Barry Glassner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He is the author of seven books, including Career Crash and Bodies. He has been quoted extensively or profiled in articles in dozens of newspapers and magazines. His own articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The London Review of Books.

Table of Contents


* Acknowledgements * Introduction: Why Americans Fear the Wrong Things * Dubious Dangers on Roadways and Campuses: How Fears Are Sold * Crime in the News: Tall Tales and Overstates Statistics * Youth at Risk: Faulty Diagnoses and Callous Cures * Monster Moms: On the Art of Misdirection * Black Men: How to Perpetuate Prejudice Without Really Trying * "Smack is Back": When Presidents and the Press Collude,: the Scares Never Stop * Metaphoric Illnesses: How Not to Criticize the Establishment * Plane Wrecks: Small Danger, Big Scare * Final Thoughts: The Martians Arent Coming * Notes * Index

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GOR001997674
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things by Barry Glassner
Barry Glassner
Used - Very Good
Paperback
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
2000-02-24
312
0465014909
9780465014903
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