Social Theory of Fear
by Geoffrey R. Skoll
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2010
Number of pages: 248
In the current crisis of the capitalist world system, elites promote fear of crime and terrorism to keep and expand their privileges and control the masses. This book offers an analysis of the crisis and strategies for rebellion.
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