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978-1-4422-7450-1 • Hardback • June 2017 • $124.00 • (£95.00)
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David Altheide is Regents’ Professor Emeritus on the faculty of Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.
2. The Social Reality of Fear
3. The Mass Media as a Social Institution
4. Crime and Terrorism
5. Consuming Terrorism
6. Terrorism and the Politics of Fear
7. Mediated Interaction and the Control Narrative of the Internet
8. Propaganda of Fear, The Iraq War, and The Islamic State
9. Constructing Heroes: Pat Tillman and Chris Kyle
10. Conclusion: Beyond the Politics of Fear
In a world marked by uncertainty and fear, David Altheide presents a path-breaking and illustrating book, which recapitulates the need of deciphering the intersection of mass media with a culture of fear. As one of the most authoritative voices within the critical terrorism studies, Altheide provides readers with a fresh insight that explains brilliantly how fear is constructed, packaged, and instilled in society. Doubtless, this masterful project not only summarizes Altheide’s life-time efforts in studying terrorism but also describes the emergence of a new exclusionary rhetoric that challenges democracies worldwide.
— Maximiliano E. Korstanje, University of Palermo, Argentina
Altheide's study offers great insights into the way that fear is constructed. This compelling account of the way fear works in our daily lives is essential for understanding our world.
— Frank Furedi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury
‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,’ said Franklin Roosevelt. The second edition of David Altheide’s Terrorism and the Politics of Fear suggests something more that merits our critical concern: the construction, deployment, and consumption of this fear as part of a broader politics of propaganda and manipulation. Altheide’s nuanced analysis of this pervasive fright politics offers us both the insight to understand it and the courage to confront it.
— Jeff Ferrell, author of Crimes of Style: Urban Graffiti and the Politics of Criminality
Unfortunately, if ever a book on the expanding plethora of frights and worries brought to us by media prevarication and manipulation was needed, it is now. But fortunately, David Altheide, in extending his pioneering work on media and society, helps meet that need. With its logical “frame” framework and fresh concepts and data, the book explores the marketing of anxiety, whether for political or consumption purposes. Altheide’s cogent analysis calls for revision of Franklin D. Roosevelt's classic warning. We do indeed have a great deal to fear, not only from the message, but from the messengers who so disingenuously exploit, create and propagate unwarranted fear. Necessary reading for anyone who listens, watches or reads!
— Gary T. Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology
Be afraid. Be very afraid of fear mongering politicians and the media that play to our emotions. The politics of fear have become the constant backdrop of daily life. This new edition of a classic book is more timely than ever.
— Lance Bennett, professor of political science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication
- All chapters are significantly updated.
- New materials include coverage of the war in Syria, Muslim immigrants, Donald Trump campaign, recent terrorist attacks (Charlie Hedbo, Brussels), use of social media by ISIS.
- Essential reading for students in international, national, and homeland security; terrorism studies; and political communication.
- Each chapter includes a concluding summary.