9780199997442

The Global Grapevine Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and Trade Matter

  • ISBN 13:

    9780199997442

  • ISBN 10:

    0199997446

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 03/01/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Far from mere idle tales, rumors are a valuable window into our anxieties and fears. InThe Global Grapevine, two leading authorities on rumor, folklore, and urban legend-Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis-shed light on what contemporary rumors can tell us about the fears and pressures of globalization. In particular, they examine four major themes that emerge over and over again: rumors about terrorism, about immigration, about international trade, and about tourism. The authors analyze how various rumors underscore American reactions to perceived global threats, show how we interpret our changing world, and highlight fears, fantasies, and cherished beliefs about our place in the world. These rumors, the authors argue, are the visible tip of a vast iceberg of hidden anxieties. Illuminating the most widely circulated rumors in America in recent years,The GlobalGrapevineoffers an invaluable portrait of what these tales reveal about contemporary society.

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