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Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture Paperback – September 1, 1998

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557531153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557531155
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,710,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginning with a readable theoretical treatment of social fear, the authors marshal a relentless serial record of socio-cultural fears, hatreds, and discriminatory campaigns throughout U.S. history. From the Christian converts among Native Americans in New England to alien invaders of today, the focus of the periodic "Plague of Paranoia" has moved across the face of the land and selected people on the bases of a multitude of rationales -- religion and ethnicity, social behavior and gender, and others -- for discrimination, humiliation, and death, always in the name of saving the "good citizens" from some real or imagined evil. Are such plagues an unavoidable negative side to something (fear) that, on the whole, is socially valuable, even necessary? What can we learn of the plagues and their adversaries that can prepare us better to deal with such phenomenon in the future? FEAR ITSELF, besides offering very provocative case studies, provides helpful insights into both the sources and the control of scapegoating behavior.
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