The Culture of Fear by Barry Glassner
Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Muta

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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.
 

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Barry Glassner is professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. He is the author of seven books and countless articles that have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world. His academic research has appeared in the most prestigious journals in sociology and psychiatry. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published December 24, 2009 by Basic Books. 362 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction

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A critical look at the baseless, harmful paranoia spread by our mass media.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Culture of Fear: Why Amer...

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In this oddly comforting audiobook, Glassner (Derailing Democracy ) deconstructs many commonly held beliefs about the threats of the modern world and aims to expo

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In a provocative report, Glassner (Career Crash, etc.) contends that Americans' worries about crime, drugs, child abuse and other issues have been blown out of proportion by a mass media that thrives

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The ''epidemics'' of crack babies, road rage, unwed teenage mothers, and flesh-eating bacteria made for some of the most frightening — and memorable — news stories of the '80s and '90s.

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