Fear Itself : The Causes and Consequences of Fear in America / Christopher D. Bader, Joseph O. Baker, L. Edward Day, Ann Gordon.
- New York, NY : New York University Press, 
1 online resource : 19 black and white illustrations
- Fear -- United States.
- Local subjects:
- american media.
chapman survey of american fears.
fear of crime.
psychology of fear.
- In English.
- System Details:
- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
- An antidote to the culture of fear that dominates modern lifeFrom moral panics about immigration and gun control to anxiety about terrorism and natural disasters, Americans live in a culture of fear. While fear is typically discussed in emotional or poetic terms-as the opposite of courage, or as an obstacle to be overcome-it nevertheless has very real consequences in everyday life. Persistent fear negatively effects individuals' decision-making abilities and causes anxiety, depression, and poor physical health. Further, fear harms communities and society by corroding social trust and civic engagement. Yet politicians often effectively leverage fears to garner votes and companies routinely market unnecessary products that promise protection from imagined or exaggerated harms.Drawing on five years of data from the Chapman Survey of American Fears-which canvasses a random, national sample of adults about a broad range of fears-Fear Itself offers new insights into what people are afraid of and how fear affects their lives. The authors also draw on participant observation with Doomsday preppers and conspiracy theorists to provide fascinating narratives about subcultures of fear.Fear Itself is a novel, wide-ranging study of the social consequences of fear, ultimately suggesting that there is good reason to be afraid of fear itself.
1. The Sum of All Fears
2. Things Are Not What They Seem
3. Apocalypse How? Fear of Natural, Environmental, and Human- Made Disasters
4. Beyond Contagion: Terrorism, the Media, and Public Fear
5. Visions of Crime: How the Media, Satan, and Social Factors Shape Fears of Crime
6. Consequences of Fear
Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Fear?
About the Authors
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 25. Nov 2020)
- Baker, Joseph O., author., Author,
Day, L. Edward, author., Author,
Earl, Babbie, contribtor., Contributor,
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.18574/9781479849451 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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