How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century

How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century

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In How Fear Works, Frank Furedi seeks to explain two interrelated themes: why has fear acquired such a morally commanding status in society today and how has the way we fear today changed from the way it was experienced in the past.

Furedi argues that one of the main drivers of the culture of fear is unravelling of moral authority. Fear appears to provide a provisional solution to moral uncertainty and is for that reason embraced by a variety of interests, parties and individuals.

What are the drivers of fear, what is the role of the media in its promotion, and who actually benefits from this culture of fear? These are some of the issues Furedi tackles to explain the current predicament. He argues that until society finds a more positive orientation towards uncertainty the politicization of fear will flourish.

ISBN: 9781472972897

Published Date: October 22, 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Language: English

Page Count: 306

Size: 8.93" l x 5.04" w x 0.75" h