Invitation to Terror by Frank Furedi
The Expanding Empire of the Unknown

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Frank Furedi argues that Western culture appears to feed off a diet of terror and inadvertently offers its enemies an invitation to be terrorised.  We have not developed an intellectual framework in which to be able to confront the fear of terrorism.  The language we use betrays confusion about the threat we face and therefore undermines our capacity to engage with it.  Beginning with the question of ‘Why do they hate us?' we find ourselves unsure of who ‘they' are.  Even more unsettling is the realisation that we are not quite sure of who ‘we' are.  In this startling and original book Frank Furedi engages with some of the most fundamental questions confronting society today.We are in a global conflict that appears so confusing that we are not even certain what to call it.  The failure to conceptualize the issues at stake is demonstrated by the absence of consensus around even what words to describe the meaning of the present conflict and enemy.  Suddenly governments stop speaking about the War on Terror and talk about the Long War.  The shift in terminology often betrays confusion about the issues at stake.  Lack of clarity about what this war is about, who are the protagonists, its scope and duration dominates discussions on this conflict.  Meaningless terms often represent an attempt to evade.  In this case they express confusion and the inability to make sense of life in the twenty-first century.


About Frank Furedi

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Frank Furedi, author and broadcaster, is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, UK. He has written widely on the culture of fear. His work deals with the impact of fear on discussions of childhood, health, new technology and food, and investigates the interaction between risk consciousness and perceptions of fear and trust relations in contemporary society.
Published December 30, 2007 by Bloomsbury Academic. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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Citing the resilience of populations who coped with attacks far beyond the capabilities of today's terrorists—such as the Nazi blitz and the Allied bombings of Hamburg and Hiroshima—Furedi argues convincingly that “terrorism cannot seriously threaten the integrity of society n...

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