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Cultures of Fear

Cultures of Fear

A Critical Reader

Edited by Uli Linke and Danielle Taana Smith

Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society

Chomsky, Zizek, Sontag and other scholars show how governments exploit people's fear for political gain

This collection of essays explores the formation and normalisation of fear in the context of war and terrorism.

Freedom from fear is a universal right and fundamental for human well-being. People often look to governments, humanitarian agencies, and other institutions to further this aim. However, this book shows that these organisations often use the same logic of fear to monitor, control, and contain human beings in zones of violence.

This is an excellent interdisciplinary reader for students of anthropology, sociology and politics. Contributors include Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Zizek, Jean Baudrillard, Catharine MacKinnon, Neil Smith, Cynthia Enloe, David L. Altheide, Cynthia Cockburn and Carolyn Nordstrum.

Uli Linke is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rochester Institute of Technology in the US. She is the co-editor of Cultures of Fear.

Danielle Taana Smith is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at RIT. She is the co-editor of Cultures of Fear (Pluto, 2009).

1. Fear: a conceptual framework by Uli Linke and Danielle Taana Smith
Part One: Cultures of Fear
2. The New War against Terror by Noam Chomsky
3. Engineering Ruins and Affect by Joseph Masco
4. Terrorism and the Politics of Fear by David L.
5. Welcome to the Desert of the Real by Slavoj Žižek
Part Two: States of Terror
6. Human Rights and Complex Emergencies by Lucia Ann McSpadden and John R. MacArthur
7. Speechless Emissaries by Liisa H. Malkki
8. Trauma and Vulnerability During War by Doug Henry
9. The Violence of Humanitarianism by Miriam Ticktin
Part Three: Zones of Violence
10. Gender, Terrorism, and War by Susan J. Brison
11. The Continuum of Violence by Cynthia Cockburn
12. Child Soldiers by Julia Dickson-Gómez
13. Girls Behind the (Front) Lines by Carolyn Nordstrom
14. On the Run by Solrun Williksen
Part Four: Intimacies of Suffering
15. War and Sexual Violence by Elisabeth Jean Wood
16. Militarizing Women's Lives by Cynthia Enloe
17. The Political Economy of Rape by Meredeth Turshen
18. On the Torture of Others by Susan Sontag
Part Five: Normalizing Terror
19. Cultural Appropriations of Suffering by Arthur Kleinman and Joan Kleinman
20. The Biopolitics of Disposability by Henry A. Giroux
21. Empire of Camps by Nicholas Mirzoeff

Published by Pluto Press in Oct 2009
Paperback ISBN: 9780745329659
eBook ISBN: 9781783713707

135mm x 215mm