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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:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here, Wuthnow examines the human response to existential threats. Freud, he notes, famously taught that the standard psychological response to an overwhelming danger is denial. In fact, Wuthnow writes, the opposite is true: we seek ways of positively meeting the threat, of doing something even if it's wasteful and time-consuming.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wuthnow, Robert.
Be very afraid.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009026879
(OCoLC)436221092
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Wuthnow
ISBN: 9780199745401 0199745404 9780199730872 0199730873
OCLC Number: 593295894
Description: 1 online resource (294 pages)
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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