Politics, Religion, And Culture In An Anxious Age

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

byJohn Buell

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American politics is increasingly driven by apocalyptic rhetoric. The religious right foretells an end of time battle between good and evil, but their voices are only the most obvious of several strains of apocalyptic thought. Immigration reformers, financial elites, and environmentalists all present doomsday scenarios. This book examines their rhetoric, narratives, and policy agendas as well as mainstream media treatment. Highlighting possible adverse consequences of such politics for our freedom and quality of life, the book suggests alternative policy agendas, religious and philosophical discourses, cultural framing and modes of daily living in an effort to defuse what it takes to be a divisive politics that paradoxically increases the very risks it highlights.

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American politics is increasingly driven by apocalyptic rhetoric. The religious right foretells an end of time battle between good and evil, but their voices are only the most obvious of several strains of apocalyptic thought. Immigration reformers, financial elites, and environmentalists all present doomsday scenarios. This book exami...

John Buell is a newspaper and magazine columnist and an Associate Faculty member at Cochise College. He taught for ten years at College of the Atlantic and is the author of five pervious books, including The End of Homework (co-authored with Etta Kralovec).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 8.63 × 5.83 × 0.69 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230117724

ISBN - 13:9780230117723

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Hair Trigger Nation? * Introduction: Listening to Talk Radio * Evil and Identity * Katrina and the Color of Good and Evil * From the Model T to the Hummer: The Economics and Aesthetics of the American Automobile * The Immigrants are Coming! The Immigrants are Coming! * Capitalism’s Bumpy Ride: Where to from Here? * National Security and Apocalypse * Conclusion: Conclusion: Addressing a World of Rhizomatic Crises

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"Buell has produced a very insightful description and critical analysis of the landscape of America's most serious problems and how they are understood by a public at the mercy of powerful and often hysterical cultural and political voices. He shows us how comparatively non-influential perspectives could alter the American landscape and ameliorate its most serious stresses and strains if they were translated into public policies. I strongly recommend this book for undergraduates as well as graduate students and professionals."--Morton Schoolman, professor of Political Science, State University of New York at Albany