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Culture of Fear: Risk-Taking and the Morality of Low Expectation, Revised Edition (Continuum Compact Series) Paperback – July 1, 2005

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  • Series: Continuum Compact Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group; Revised edition (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826476163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826476166
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,088,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'an excellent book' [quotes from title in article] ~ Press & Journal (Aberdeen), Ron Ferguson

'Frank Furedi's books 'are well researched, properly referenced and make an erudite use of old and new sociological theories and concepts...even fairly scholarly style cannot completely conceal the passion he feels for the subject....It was...intellectually fairly challenging..and i thought that the arguments Furedi is making is an important one and worth considering....'Culture of Fear' is wholeheartedly recommended as a provocative read for those interested in analysis of social phenomena.'
Magda Healey, The Bookbag, September 2006
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Frank Furedi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and the author of a number of books, most recently Paranoid Parenting (Allen Lane 2001) [pound]9.95.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Now in a revised and updated edition that takes into account recent horrors such as the September 11 attacks, Culture Of Fear by Frank Furedi (Professor of Sociology, University of Kent, Cantebury, England) is a fascinating and provocative sociological study of the contemporary and increasing epidemic of fear in an age when people are statistically safer and live longer than ever before, even a mere century ago. Scare stories that turn people away from discoveries such as genetic research and genetically modified food are particularly worrisome to Professor Furedi, who exhorts a warning that the new media driven fears may well be over-hyped, leading the nation to collectively fear that the sky is falling, when the real danger lies is in the abandonment of scientific and technological advances in industry, medicine, and agricultural. Culture Of Fear is highly recommended reading for the non-specialist general reader, students, political activists, and governmental policy makers, as well as being a welcome addition to academic reading lists and reference collections.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Socio-physicist on April 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a Engineering Physics Student.I read the older version of this book from our Library.The book is clear cut with arguments and scientific facts and looks at how the media over-hypes in the western world while there have been considerable improvement in safety compared to few generations ago.I found the book exhilarating and packed with "sociological imagination".This is one of the few books which captures "sociological emotions of fear" which till now have been handled psychologically.
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