Présentation de l'éditeur
This is a new edition of the gutsy expose of one of the most widespread delusions of our time: misplaced fear. There has never been another era in modern history, even during wartime or the Great Depression, when so many people have feared so much. In the age of 9/11, the Iraq War, financial collapse, and Amber Alerts, our society is defined by fear. But are we living in exceptionally dangerous times? Barry Glassner demonstrates that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. "The Culture of Fear" describes the high costs of living in a fear-ridden environment where realism has become rarer than doors without deadbolts. It's an expose of the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears: politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime, drug use, and terrorism even as they decline; advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases. In this new edition of his classic book-even more relevant now than when it was first published-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.
Biographie de l'auteur
Barry Glassner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He is the author of seven books, including Career Crash (S & S, 1994) and Bodies (Putnam, 1988). He has been quoted extensively or profiled in articles in dozens of US newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Time magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. His own articles and reviews have appeared in magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The London Review of Books. His academic research has appeared in the most prestigious journals in sociology and psychiatry. Glassner lives in Los Angeles with his wife, agent Betsey Amster.