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Social theory of fear : terror, torture, and death in a post-capitalist world


Skoll ,Geoffrey R.

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Abstract Fear has long served elites. They rely on fear to keep and expand their privileges and control the masses. In the current crisis of the capitalist world system, elites in the United States, along with other central countries, promote fear of crime and terrorism. They shaped these fears so that people looked to authorities for security, which permitted extension of apparatuses of coercion like police and military forces. In the face of growing oppression, rebellion against elite hegemony remains possible. This book offers an analysis of the crisis and strategies for rebellion.
Keywords anxiety; terrorism; law; torture; criminality; death penalty; social control; risk society; manipulation; security; marginality; repression; capitalism; resistance
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Social Psychology
Free Keywords Law; Terror; Fear; Society
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
City Basingstoke
Page/Pages 234 p.
ISBN 978-0-230-10349-8
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works