While security stories often point to real threats, the narratives of leaders are as much about legitimating the power of rulers and the political and economic system that brought them to power. Derber and Magrass offer a penetrating examination of this phenomenon across history and types of societies. Their analysis reveals the great irony about security stories: they historically increase insecurity, imperiling citizens and nation. In the U.S. today, the contradiction is especially acute, as security stories told by Trump divide U.S citizens against one another.
The book builds from an analysis of the extreme dangers of the reigning security stories to a new paradigm of true security. The authors develop new approaches as our best hope for avoiding catastrophe and creating a socially just society based on real security for a nation and for humans across the planet.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
I just devoured this book. It's hard to put down once you start it. Derber and Magrass' Moving Beyond Fear exposes the playbook of authoritarian leaders, past and present. They demonstrate how, as the American Dream fades, political leaders use fear, fostering "security stories" to turn the lower classes against one another, while promising protection to the "true" members of society. This is a must-read for those eager to stem fascism and the looming catastrophes of climate change and nuclear proliferation.
Kathleen Odell Korgen, Professor of Sociology, William Paterson University, and author of The Engaged Sociologist and Sociologists in Action
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