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

Paperback | March 15, 2013

byGary Alan Fine, Bill Ellis

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Far from mere idle tales, rumors are a valuable window into our anxieties and fears. In The 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 ofglobalization. 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 ofhidden anxieties. Illuminating the most widely circulated rumors in America in recent years, The Global Grapevine offers an invaluable portrait of what these tales reveal about contemporary society.

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Far from mere idle tales, rumors are a valuable window into our anxieties and fears. In The 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 ofglobalization. In particular, they examine four m...

Gary Alan Fine is John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. His book, Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award. Bill Ellis is Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199997446

ISBN - 13:9780199997442

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Introduction: Rumor and Global Politics1. Rumor and September 11th: Understanding the Unthinkable2. A Riot of Conspiracies3. Migrants: Disease in the Body Politics4. "There Goes the Neighborhood": Latino Migrants and Immigration Rumors5. Tourist Troubles: The Travels of Global Rumor6. The Dangers of International Trade7. Global Trafficking in Bodies8. Whispers on the BorderlineNotesIndex