From concerns about the ‘other’ and the ‘unknown’ through to anxieties about crime and the apocalyptic and monstrous, these chapters traverse a contemporary landscape of social, cultural and existential fears. How do fictional narratives in literature, film and television programmes construct and entrench fears and anxieties? What can contemporary fears and anxieties tell us about the changing nature of the world? What is perceived as a threat? How do the media shape perceptions of those threats? Gun crime, gender equality, terrorism, technology, black holes, Ebola and the return of the dead are all seen to produce fear and anxiety. Reflecting on the things we have come to fear the most and exploring their specific constructions and implications, this volume brings new dimensions to our understanding of the fears and anxieties that permeate the contemporary West.
There’s more to Fear than Fear Itself: Fears and Anxieties in the 21st Century
Edited by Izabela Dixon, Selina E. M. Doran and Bethan Michael
Format: eBook (PDF)
This multidisciplinary volume explores contemporary fears from the monstrous to the mundane, examining media constructions and representations of anxieties about technology, terrorism, violence, death and black holes.
Tags: anxiety, Danger, death, Dystopia, fear, Medical Fears, Political Fears, Safety, Social Fears, Televised Fears, threat.
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Izabela Dixon, Selina E. M. Doran and Bethan Michael
Part I Dystopian Realities
Revising Fear: A Transmedial Approach
The Fears and Anxieties of Memory in the Digital Era
The Return of the Dead: Fears and Anxieties Surrounding the Return of the Dead in Late Postmodern Culture
The Imaginary of Fears and Anxieties in Contemporary Dystopian Film
Part II The Creation of Monsters
EVIL States of Mind: Perceptions of Monstrosity
Male Resistance to Egalitarianism as Fear of Competition: A Cultural Approach to a Gender Issue
Identity and Values of the Polish and British Extreme Right
Part III Medical Fears
Innovations in Psychological Diagnostics and Psychotherapy
Mind Control? Fear and Media Portrayal of ‘Brain Pacemakers’
Ebola Virus Kills the Other, but Anytime It May Land Here: Media Coverage of an African Plague
Part IV Managing Risk
Televised Anxiety: Narratives of Terror and Insecurity from 24 to Homeland
‘An armed student could save so many lives’: The ‘Concealed Carry on Campus’ Movement and Feelings of Fear, Insecurity and Vulnerability
Selina E. M. Doran
ConCERNs: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Fear Discourse Connected with the Implementation of the LHC at CERN
Thomas Kronschläger and Eva Sommer
Izabela Dixon is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland. Her academic interests include cognitive linguistics, contemporary fears and anxieties, and dystopian novels. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD with distinction by the University of Gdańsk.
Selina E. M. Doran is a qualitative researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University. She obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Glasgow in June 2014. Her doctoral research examined the policy responses to school shootings in the United States.
Bethan Michael is a lecturer in the Education Studies department at the University of Bedfordshire. She is completing a PhD on the treatment of death and the dead in late postmodern culture at the University of Chester. She has a BA and MA in English Literature from Cardiff University and is a Fellow of the RSA and HEA.