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Title Social Theory of Fear
Author G. Skoll
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2010-09-13
Category Political Science
Total Pages 234
ISBN 9780230112636
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. In the current crisis of the capitalist world system, elites promote fear of crime and terrorism to keep and expand their privileges and control the masses. This book offers an analysis of the crisis and strategies for rebellion. This ebook is participating in an experiment and is available Open Access under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. Users are free to disseminate and reuse the ebook. The licence does not however permit commercial exploitation or the creation of derivative works without specific permission. To view a copy of this license visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0

Fear Of A Queer Planet by Michael Warner

Title Fear of a Queer Planet
Author Michael Warner
Publisher U of Minnesota Press
Release Date 1993
Category Social Science
Total Pages 334
ISBN 0816623341
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In recent years, lesbians and gay men have developed a new, aggressive style of politics. At the same time, innovative intellectual energies have made queer theory an explosive field of study. In "Fear of a Queer Planet", Michael Warner draws on emerging new queer politics, and shows how queer activists have come to challenge basic assumptions about the social and political world. Existing traditions of theory - Marxism, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, anthropology, legal theory, nationalism, and antinationalism - have too often presupposed a heterosexual society, as the essays in this volume demonstrate. "Fear of a Queer Planet" suggests a new agenda for social theory. It moves beyond the idea that lesbians and gay men share a minority identity and special interests and that their issues can be subordinated to more general social conflicts. Instead, Warner and the other contributors to this volume show that queer sexualities take many forms, are the subject of many kinds of conflict and struggles, and must be taken as a starting point in thinking about cultural politics. This collection explores the impact of ACT UP, Queer Nation, multiculturalism, the new religious right, outing, queerness, postmodernism, and other shifts in the politics of sexuality. The authors featured speak from different backgrounds of gender, race, nationality, and discipline. Together, they show how struggles over sexuality have profound implications for progressive politics, social theory, and cultural studies. Michael Warner has written extensively on censorship and the public sphere, the construction of American literary history, and the social and political implication of literary theories. He is author of "The Letter of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America" and co-editor of "The Origins of Literary Studies in America: A Documentary Anthology".

Manufacturing Phobias by Hisham Ramadan

Title Manufacturing Phobias
Author Hisham Ramadan
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Release Date 2016
Category Political Science
Total Pages 318
ISBN 9781442628847
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fear is a powerful emotion and a formidable spur to action, a source of worry and - when it is manipulated - a source of injustice. Manufacturing Phobias demonstrates how economic and political elites mobilize fears of terrorism, crime, migration, invasion, and infection to twist political and social policy and advance their own agendas. The contributors to the collection, experts in criminology, law, sociology, and politics, explain how and why social phobias are created by pundits, politicians, and the media, and how they target the most vulnerable in our society. Emphasizing how social phobias reflect the interests of those with political, economic, and cultural power, this work challenges the idea that society's anxieties are merely expressions of individual psychology. Manufacturing Phobias will be a clarion call for anyone concerned about the disturbing consequences of our culture of fear.

Title Psychology of Fear Crime and the Media
Author Derek Chadee
Publisher Psychology Press
Release Date 2015-12-07
Category Psychology
Total Pages 270
ISBN 9781317700593
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The media continue to have a significant persuasive influence on the public perception of crime, even when the information presented is not reflective of the crime rate or actual crime itself. There have been numerous theoretical studies on fear of crime in the media, but few have considered this from a social psychological perspective. As new media outlets emerge and public dependence on them increases, the need for such awareness has never been greater. This volume lays the foundation for understanding fear of crime from a social psychological perspective in a way that has not yet been systematically presented to the academic world. This volume brings together an international team of experts and scholars to assess the role of fear and the media in everyday life. Chapters take a multidisciplinary approach to psychology, sociology and criminology and explore such topics as dual process theory, construal level theory, public fascination with gangs, and other contemporary issues.

Title Emotion Social Theory and Social Structure
Author J. M. Barbalet
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2001-09-06
Category Psychology
Total Pages 224
ISBN 0521003598
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Unique study re-evaluating the role of emotions in social interaction.

Dangerous Others Insecure Societies by Professor Michalis Lianos

Title Dangerous Others Insecure Societies
Author Professor Michalis Lianos
Publisher Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Release Date 2013-04-28
Category Social Science
Total Pages 174
ISBN 9781409472841
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Dangerous Others, Insecure Societies examines the turn in post-industrial societies towards a fear of cultural, racial or religious externality, adopting a ground-breaking analysis which considers 'insecurity' a constituent part of 'otherness', rather than something separate or following from it. By addressing the link between insecurity and otherness, this book sheds light on the contemporary cultures of fear and risk that have made possible the aggressive measures that followed the 2001 terrorist attacks in the US and which continue to dominate contemporary geopolitics. The result of particular socio-economic and political circumstances, a sense of fear in relation to the Other has emerged as a replacement for the social bond, as otherness and danger are increasingly associated with one another - a development that appears paradoxical in the modern, globalized world. Bringing together the latest research from scholars in the UK, Europe and Australia, Dangerous Others, Insecure Societies engages with diverse issues surrounding migration, authoritarianism and social exclusion to consider the implications of a culture of fear and exclusion for multicultural, globalized, networked societies. As such, it will appeal to sociologists, geographers, social anthropologists and political scientists concerned with questions of identity, citizenship, exclusion and belonging.

Fear Itself by Christopher D. Bader

Title Fear Itself
Author Christopher D. Bader
Publisher NYU Press
Release Date 2020-03-03
Category Religion
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781479852055
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An antidote to the culture of fear that dominates modern life From 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.

Creating Fear by David L. Altheide

Title Creating Fear
Author David L. Altheide
Publisher Transaction Publishers
Release Date 2002
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 223
ISBN 0202365263
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The creative use of fear by news media and social control organizations has produced a "discourse of fear"--The awareness and expectation that danger and risk are lurking everywhere. Case studies illustrates how certain organizations and social institutions benefit from the exploitation of such fear construction. One social impact is a manipulated public empathy: We now have more "victims" than at any time in our prior history. Another, more troubling result is the role we have ceded to law enforcement and punishment: we turn ever more readily to the state and formal control to protect us from what we fear. This book attempts through the marshalling of significant data to interrupt that vicious cycle of fear discourse. David Altheide employs a method, which he calls "tracking discourse", to map how the nature and the extent of the use of the word "fear" has changed since the 1980s; how the topics associated with fear, the topics of media discourse, have also changed over the same period (for example, the emphasis "moves" over time across AIDS, crime, immigrants, race, sexuality, schools, and children); and how certain news sources prevail over others, thus protectively insulating themselves from criticism of the premises of their discourse frames.

Anxiety Sensitivity by Steven Taylor

Title Anxiety Sensitivity
Author Steven Taylor
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2014-05-12
Category Psychology
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781135706388
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Anxiety sensitivity (AS) is the fear of anxiety sensations which arises from beliefs that these sensations have harmful somatic, social, or psychological consequences. Over the past decade, AS has attracted a great deal of attention from researchers and clinicians with more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles published. In addition, AS has been the subject of numerous symposia, papers, and posters at professional conventions. Why this growing interest? Theory and research suggest that AS plays an important role in the etiology and maintenance of many forms of psychopathology, including anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain, and substance abuse. Bringing together experts from a variety of different areas, this volume offers the first comprehensive state-of-the-art review of AS--its conceptual foundations, assessment, causes, consequences, and treatment--and points new directions for future work. It will prove to be an invaluable resource for clinicians, researchers, students, and trainees in all mental health professions.

The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker

Title The Blank Slate
Author Steven Pinker
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2003-08-26
Category Psychology
Total Pages 528
ISBN 9781101200322
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature from the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now. "Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read..also highly persuasive." --Time Now updated with a new afterword One of the world's leading experts on language and the mind explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.

Title Urban Fears and Global Terrors
Author Victor Seidler
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2007-10-18
Category Social Science
Total Pages 302
ISBN 9781134076543
Language English, Spanish, and French
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First published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Fear Of Small Numbers by Arjun Appadurai

Title Fear of Small Numbers
Author Arjun Appadurai
Publisher Duke University Press
Release Date 2006-05-03
Category Social Science
Total Pages 170
ISBN 9780822387541
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The period since 1989 has been marked by the global endorsement of open markets, the free flow of finance capital and liberal ideas of constitutional rule, and the active expansion of human rights. Why, then, in this era of intense globalization, has there been a proliferation of violence, of ethnic cleansing on the one hand and extreme forms of political violence against civilian populations on the other? Fear of Small Numbers is Arjun Appadurai’s answer to that question. A leading theorist of globalization, Appadurai turns his attention to the complex dynamics fueling large-scale, culturally motivated violence, from the genocides that racked Eastern Europe, Rwanda, and India in the early 1990s to the contemporary “war on terror.” Providing a conceptually innovative framework for understanding sources of global violence, he describes how the nation-state has grown ambivalent about minorities at the same time that minorities, because of global communication technologies and migration flows, increasingly see themselves as parts of powerful global majorities. By exacerbating the inequalities produced by globalization, the volatile, slippery relationship between majorities and minorities foments the desire to eradicate cultural difference. Appadurai analyzes the darker side of globalization: suicide bombings; anti-Americanism; the surplus of rage manifest in televised beheadings; the clash of global ideologies; and the difficulties that flexible, cellular organizations such as Al-Qaeda present to centralized, “vertebrate” structures such as national governments. Powerful, provocative, and timely, Fear of Small Numbers is a thoughtful invitation to rethink what violence is in an age of globalization.

The Fear Of Crime by Wesley G. Skogan

Title The Fear of Crime
Author Wesley G. Skogan
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1977
Category Crime
Total Pages 82
ISBN UVA:X000437572
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A history and categories of cybercrime -- Basic cybercrime terms -- Birth of the White Hats -- The origin of the Black Hat label in the United States and Britain -- Y2K : fears emerge about cyberterrorism -- Post-Y2K incidents exacerbating cyberterrorist fears -- Countering cyberterrorists : the U.S. Homeland Security Act of 2002 -- Incidents exacerbating cyberterrorism anxieties -- The importance of social engineering to cybercriminals -- Categories of cybercrime : harm to property and/or to persons -- Criminal liability and the coincidence of four elements -- The increasing complexity of property cybercrime -- Cybercrimes against persons -- The nonoffenses of cybervigilantism and hacktivism -- Issues, controversies, and solutions -- Overview of the number of reported incidents of computer system intrusions, government agencies, and institutions -- Methods used to commit cybercrime, cases, and countermeasures -- Controversies surrounding intellectual property rights, copyright, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- Controversial "non-cases" of cracking -- Overview of system vulnerabilities and related controversies -- How chief operating officers worldwide are feeling about their systems? vulnerabilities and why -- A case study : outlining the "real" threat of a possible coordinated terror attack -- Using honeypots to better know "the enemy", and controversies surrounding them -- More question of interest : operating systems software--are some more vulnerable to cracking exploits than others? -- Global legislative countermeasures and controversies : the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime -- Chronology -- Biographical sketches -- Cybercrime legal cases -- A summary of recent U.S. anti-terror and anti-cybercrime legislation -- General observations about recent trends in cybercrime -- Timeline and description of recent computer crimes prosecuted under the U.S. Computer Crime Statute U.S.C. section 1030.

The Culture Of Fear by Barry Glassner

Title The Culture of Fear
Author Barry Glassner
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2018-11-06
Category Social Science
Total Pages 368
ISBN 1541673484
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The bestselling book revealing why Americans are so fearful, and why we fear the wrong things--now updated for the age of Trump In the age of Trump, our society is defined by fear. Indeed, three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today than they did only a couple decades ago. But are we living in exceptionally perilous times? In his bestselling book 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: 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 shows that create 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. All the while, we are distracted from the true threats, from climate change to worsening inequality. In this updated edition of a modern classic, Glassner examines the current panics over vaccination and "political correctness" and reveals why Donald Trump's fearmongering is so dangerously effective.

Social Acceleration by Hartmut Rosa

Title Social Acceleration
Author Hartmut Rosa
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2013-05-14
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9780231148344
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Hartmut Rosa advances an account of the temporal structure of society from the perspective of critical theory. He identifies in particular three categories of change in the tempo of modern social life: technological acceleration, evident in transportation, communication, and production; the acceleration of social change, reflected in cultural knowledge, social institutions, and personal relationships; and acceleration in the pace of life, which happens despite the expectation that technological change should increase an individual's free time. According to Rosa, both the structural and cultural aspects of our institutions and practices are marked by the "shrinking of the present," a decreasing time period during which expectations based on past experience reliably match future results and events. When this phenomenon combines with technological acceleration and the increasing pace of life, time seems to flow ever faster, making our relationships to each other and the world fluid and problematic. It is as if we are standing on "slipping slopes," a steep social terrain that is itself in motion and in turn demands faster lives and technology. As Rosa deftly shows, this self-reinforcing feedback loop fundamentally determines the character of modern life.

The Art Of Social Theory by Richard Swedberg

Title The Art of Social Theory
Author Richard Swedberg
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2015-09-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780691168135
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the social sciences today, students are taught theory by reading and analyzing the works of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and other foundational figures of the discipline. What they rarely learn, however, is how to actually theorize. The Art of Social Theory is a practical guide to doing just that. In this one-of-a-kind user's manual for social theorists, Richard Swedberg explains how theorizing occurs in what he calls the context of discovery, a process in which the researcher gathers preliminary data and thinks creatively about it using tools such as metaphor, analogy, and typology. He guides readers through each step of the theorist’s art, from observation and naming to concept formation and explanation. To theorize well, you also need a sound knowledge of existing social theory. Swedberg introduces readers to the most important theories and concepts, and discusses how to go about mastering them. If you can think, you can also learn to theorize. This book shows you how. Concise and accessible, The Art of Social Theory features helpful examples throughout, and also provides practical exercises that enable readers to learn through doing.

Title Social Theory for Alternative Societies
Author Matt Dawson
Publisher Macmillan International Higher Education
Release Date 2016-03-11
Category Social Science
Total Pages 248
ISBN 9781137337344
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book traces a unique story of social theory: one which focuses on its role in offering ideas for alternative societies. In charting this story, Matt Dawson argues that the differences in alternatives offered by social theorists not only demonstrate the diversity in, and value of, sociological perspectives, but also emphasize competing ideas of the role of intellectuals in social change. The text discusses a collection of social theorists –from key figures such as Marx, Durkheim and Du Bois to less well known or now commonly overlooked writers such as Levitas, Lefebvre and Mannheim. It explains their use of the tools of sociology to critique society and provide visions for alternatives, highlighting elements of the intellectual backgrounds of movements such as socialism, anti-racism, feminism and cosmopolitanism. Social Theory for Alternative Societies not only explores in detail a variety of thinkers, but also reflects on the relevance of sociology today and on the connection between social theory and the 'real world.' Thus it will be of interest to students of sociology and those interested in ideas for a better society.

Title State of Fear in a Liquid World
Author Carlo Bordoni
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2016-11-03
Category Social Science
Total Pages 122
ISBN 9781351981125
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book examines the insecurity that besets our lives in the contemporary world, whether as a result of natural disasters, human negligence or, more recently, threats to security in the form of terrorist activity, which itself gives rise to new fears: fear of travel, agoraphobia, distrust of others and existential anxieties. Revealing the connection between the two components of our insecurity, as reflecting on and conditioning human existence, and producing social problems, the author brings this to bear on the notion of security that modernity had sought to guarantee to its citizens – a notion that has slowly crumbled with the crisis of modernity and with the emergence of the "liquid" world. Now insecurity is endemic and has so firmly become part of us as to be accepted as an unpleasant aspect of normality that we must live with. However, the necessity of living in a risk society in which security has emerged as important does nothing to dispel the fear that accompanies us at all times. An engagement with the thought of Bauman that explores fear as an accompaniment to the end of modernity and its assurances, State of Fear in a Liquid World offers developments of the thesis of liquid modernity and will appeal to scholars and students of sociology, social theory and politics with interests in individualisation, social change and (in)security.

Title Management Organization and Fear
Author Marek Bugdol
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2020-10-23
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 136
ISBN 9781000209068
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fear is a fundamental emotion, a process combining four elements: physiological arousal, subjective feelings, cognitive interpretation and behavioural expression. The notion of fear is related to such terms as apprehension, uncertainty, risk, anxiety, horror. Fear has always accompanied people. It is ubiquitous, but its level rises when people pursue tasks or objectives, are controlled or assessed. Hence, its strong presence in management processes. This book illustrates various types of fear, its sources and consequences, as well as reduction methods. The authors discuss notions related to fear (e.g. uncertainty, anxiety), the significance of fear and its roles from the points of view of business owners, employees, trade unions, and managers, as well as the roles of fear in various management concepts. They present various methods and tactics of employee intimidation including humiliation, false accusations, excessive control, blackmail, bullying, and harassment. The objective of Management, Organization and Fear: Causes, Consequences and Strategies to make the reader aware of economic and social benefits available if an organizational environment is free from fear. It aims to ensure that the reader knows how to reduce fear and how to defend against its negative consequences and will therefore be of value to researchers, academics, managers, and students in the fields of organizational studies, human resource management, work and organizational psychology, and sociology.