Cultures of Fear

Writers: Uli Linke, Danielle Taana Smith

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In the book Cultures of Fear, Uli Linke, professor of anthropology, and Danielle Taana Smith, associate professor of sociology, suggest that the production of fear and the 

discourse of terror have been variously deployed as a political strategy to manipulate public opinion and to govern people, communities and nations.

Published by Pluto Press, the book focuses on five main themes: cultures of fear, states of terror, zones of violence, intimacies of suffering and the normalization of terror, and includes essays by prominent writers such as Noam Chomsky, Henry A. Giroux and Susan Sontag.

“Our aim is to reveal the similar tools of fear that governments, humanitarian agencies and extremist organizations use to monitor, control and contain human beings,” notes Linke, who has written extensively on issues of violence, genocide and social suffering. 

“The inspiration for this book comes from a life-long commitment to social justice, imbued in part through witnessing the effects of terror first hand,” says Smith. 

A native of Liberia, she has conducted numerous studies on Liberian refugee communities in the United States and the socio-cultural impacts of that nation’s two-decade civil war. 

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