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Historicizing Fear is a historical interrogation of the use of fear as a tool to vilify and persecute groups and individuals from a global perspective, offering an unflinching look at racism, fearful framing, oppression, and marginalization across human history.The book examines fear and Othering from a historical context, providing a better understanding of how power and oppression is used in the present day.
 
Contributors ground their work in the theory of Othering—the reductive action of labeling a person as someone who belongs to a subordinate social category defined as the Other—in relation to historical events, demonstrating that fear of the Other is universal, timeless, and interconnected. Chapters address the music of neo-Nazi white power groups, fear perpetuated through the social construct of black masculinity in a racially hegemonic society, the terror and racial cleansing in early twentieth-century Arkansas, the fear of drug-addicted Vietnam War veterans, the creation of fear by the Tang Dynasty, and more.
 
Timely, provocative, and rigorously researched, Historicizing Fear shows how the Othering of members of different ethnic groups has been used to propagate fear and social tension, justify state violence, and prevent groups or individuals from gaining equality. Broadening the context of how fear of the Other can be used as a propaganda tool, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of history, anthropology, political science, popular culture, critical race issues, social justice, and ethnic studies, as well as the general reader concerned with the fearful framing prevalent in politics.
 
Contributors:
Quaylan Allen, Melanie Armstrong, Brecht De Smet, Kirsten Dyck, Adam C. Fong, Jeff Johnson, Łukasz Kamieński, Guy Lancaster, Henry Santos Metcalf, Julie M. Powell, Jelle Versieren
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-2
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  1. “I Want to Get Rid of My Fear”: An Introduction
  2. Travis D. Boyce, Winsome M. Chunnu
  3. pp. 3-16
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  1. Defining the "Other"/ Pathologizing Differences
  1. 1. “Up to No Good”: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Fear of Black Men in US Society
  2. Quaylan Allen, Henry Santos Metcalf
  3. pp. 17-18, 19-34
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  1. 2. Southern Perils: Chinese Views of Their Southern Territories during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE)
  2. Adam C. Fong
  3. pp. 35-51
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  1. 3. Microbe Culture: Germ Politics and the Unseen Racial History of Nature
  2. Melanie Armstrong
  3. pp. 52-70
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  1. Reinforcing or Spreading Fear of the “Other”
  1. 4. “They’ll Take Away Our Birthrights”: How White-Power Musicians Instill Fear of White Extinction
  2. Kirsten Dyck
  3. pp. 71-72, 73-87
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  1. 5. “. . . or Suffer the Consequences of Staying”: Terror and Racial Cleansing in Arkansas
  2. Guy Lancaster
  3. pp. 88-101
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  1. 6. Making “The Case against the ‘Reds’": Racializing Communism, 1919–1920
  2. Julie M. Powell
  3. pp. 102-121
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  1. 7. Toward a Post-Racial Society, or a “Rebirth” of a Nation?: White Anxiety and Fear of Black Equality in the United States
  2. Travis D. Boyce, Winsome M. Chunnu
  3. pp. 122-154
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  1. How Fear, Once Created and Spread, Is Used for Political Ends
  1. 8. A Pharmacological Gulf of Tonkin: The Myth of the Addicted Army in Vietnam and the Fear of a Junkie Veteran
  2. Łukasz Kamieński
  3. pp. 155-156, 157-175
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  1. 9. The Strategies of Fear, the Commercialization of Society, and the Rise of the Factory System in the Low Countries during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
  2. Jelle Versieren, Brecht De Smet
  3. pp. 176-193
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  1. 10. Aliens, Enemy Aliens, and Minors: Anti-Radicalism and the Jewish Left
  2. Jeffrey A. Johnson
  3. pp. 194-208
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781646420025
Related ISBN
9781607328131
MARC Record
OCLC
1114282357
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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