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Be very afraid : the cultural response to terror, pandemics, environmental devastation, nuclear annihilation, and other threats

Author: Robert Wuthnow
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the human response to existential threats--once a matter for theology, but now looming before us in multiple forms. Nuclear weapons, pandemics, global warming: each threatens to destroy the planet, or at least to annihilate our species. Freud, Wuthnow notes, famously taught that the standard psychological response to an overwhelming danger is denial. In fact, Wuthnow argues, the opposite is true: we seek  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Wuthnow
ISBN: 9780199730872 0199730873
OCLC Number: 436221092
Description: 294 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Perilous times --
The nuclear-haunted era --
What to mobilize against --
Waging war on terror --
Weapons of mass destruction --
Panics and pandemics --
Environmental catastrophe --
Setting a new agenda --
The call for action --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Robert Wuthnow.

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Disputes the view that fear of peril results in denial and argues that a more common response is to do things to overcome our sense of vulnerability even if these things are ineffective.  Read more...

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an extraordinarily ambitious book... Wuthnow illuminates the psychology and cognitive frameworks we construct to make sense of the peril we face. * Shaun Casey, Theology *

 
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