Fear: A Cultural History #2020

Fear: A Cultural History By Joanna Bourke Fear A Cultural History Fear the word itself conjures the appropriate response With a dark cacophony of associations like fright dread horror panic alarm anxiety and terror fear is universally understood as one of t
  • Title: Fear: A Cultural History
  • Author: Joanna Bourke
  • ISBN: 9781593761134
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fear: A Cultural History By Joanna Bourke Fear the word, itself, conjures the appropriate response With a dark cacophony of associations like fright, dread, horror, panic, alarm, anxiety, and terror, fear is universally understood as one of the most basic and powerful of human emotions, obtaining a nearly palpable and overwhelming substance in today s world.In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian and pFear the word, itself, conjures the appropriate response With a dark cacophony of associations like fright, dread, horror, panic, alarm, anxiety, and terror, fear is universally understood as one of the most basic and powerful of human emotions, obtaining a nearly palpable and overwhelming substance in today s world.In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian and prize winning author Joanna Bourke covers the landscape of fear over the past two hundred years From the nineteenth century dread of being buried alive a subject dear to the heart of Edgar Allen Poe to the current worry over being able to die when one chooses from the diagnoses of phobias and anxieties produced by psychotherapists and lovingly catalogued, to the role of popular culture and media in inciting panic and dread from the horrors of the nuclear age to the fear of twenty first century terrorism, Fear tells the story of anguish in modern times.A blend of social and cultural history with psychology, philosophy, and popular science, this astonishing book exhaustively researched and beautifully written offers strikingly original insights into the mind and worldview of the long twentieth century from one of the most brilliant scholars of our time.
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    About "Joanna Bourke"

    1. Joanna Bourke

      Joanna Bourke born 1963 in New Zealand is an historian and professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London.

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    1. I m not going to lie I couldn t make it than a quarter into this book There were two major problems I ran into 1 The author has the bizarre habit of inserting very odd opinions, with no backing, that made me doubt the rest of her un cited proclamations In the first prologue and there are several , she states that No one in the West fears starvation really I m pretty sure there a number of people in the United States alone living far below the poverty line and that Feminist tracts teach women to [...]


    2. Fears have always been with us the fear of uncertainty, of others, of death They show themselves in anxiety, nightmares, phobias But this extremely well researched and organized book shows that fears evolve according to their time and place It has a fascinating conclusion that shows that the fears of a people or a society, instead of evolving, can be manipulated by forces that benefit from their fears A very worthwhile read.


    3. I read this book thanks to Blinkist.The key message in this book Since the nineteenth century, the human fear of death has played a key role in the popular imagination From nuclear war to cancer to parenting and public architecture, fear and the struggle to cope with it shape many aspects of our societies and day to day lives.


    4. A unique book in the way it deals with the idea as to how fear has shaped the modern world and what influence fear has had on people in the past 3 centuries A well written and poignant book that could have done better with peer reviewed studies supporting some of the claims the author makes The book is still worth a read though.



    5. I have to confess that I am a little bit in awe of Joanna Bourke her scholarship and range of subjects is genuinely impressive her history of men s bodies in and after WW1 is fabulous In this she traces fear as a phenomenon in Britain and the US during the 19th and 20th centuries to show a developing emotion that shifts focus from fears of death and disasters, of the mob, and social panics Orson Welles War of the Worlds radio play features large here to an increasingly psychological and psychoan [...]


    6. Joanna Burke conducts an interesting review of i what people have feared in the last two centuries, and ii how they wrote about that fear It s well references, seems thorough though I am no expert on the subject , and certainly thought provoking.The most interesting takeaway is how people s fears have changed as culture and society has changed two centuries ago, people worried about things occuring after death today, people worry about things that occur during their life It was also fascinating [...]


    7. Fantastic work Excellent book to understand that part of human behaviour that is affected by fear My only complain is that it only covers modern fears, roughly the last 3 centuries, and it covers mostly fear in the anglosaxon world But it s really interesting for anyone.



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