The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things. Barry Glassner, Author Basic Books $25 (p) ISBN In his research, Barry Glassner found that no amount of debunking can wipeout a fear — no matter how unrealistic — as long as someone can. It’s been a dozen years since sociologist Barry Glassner, president now of Lewis & Clark College, wrote about “The Culture of Fear” and argued.
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The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
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 Fearfo Barry Glassner demonstrates that it culturr 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 uclture who win elections by heightening concerns about crime, drug use, and terrorism.
Cultre 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. Barry Glassner is professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. He is tear 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.
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As we follow the gripping, heart pounding, and ultimately inspiring story, we begin to learn what Scalise was experiencing in real time; That Americans look out for each other; that there is far more uniting us than dividing us.
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