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A (macro) sociology of fear?

Tudor, A. (2008) A (macro) sociology of fear? The Sociological Review, 51 ( 2). pp. 238-256. ISSN 0038 0261

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Abstract

A proper sociological approach to fear is of both empirical and theoretical significance in understanding late modern society. Normally fear has been explored psychologically, as one of the emotions, but recently a sociology of emotions has begun to emerge. Furthermore, there have also been attempts to examine fear macro-scopically, arguing for the existence of a distinctive 'culture of fear' in contemporary societies. Furedi's argument to this effect is explored here, suggesting the need for a more systematic theorising of fear in its social contexts. Via an analysis of the elementary characteristics of fear, a model is constructed of the 'parameters of fear'. This model serves as a guide to the classes of phenomena within which fear is constituted and negotiated. It is also used to further examine the virtues and failings of 'culture of fear' approaches to fearfulness in modern societies.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Sociology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2009 16:01
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2009 16:01
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/1111/j.1467-954X.2003.tb02828.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2003.tb02828.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7716

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