Minneapolis. 1993. University of Minnesota Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. 336 pages. paperback. Cover illustration by Robert Prenovault. Cover design by Tara Christopherson. ISBN: 0816621632. inventory # 40698. FROM THE PUBLISHER-The contemporary consumer is bombarded with fear-inducing images and information. This media shower of imagery is equaled only by the sheer quantity of fear, assuaging products offered for our consumption. THE POLITICS OF EVERYDAY FEAR addresses questions raised by the saturation of social space by capitalized fear. Emphasizing the relatively neglected domain of what might be called ‘ambient' fear-continually rekindled, low-level fear that insinuates itself into people s daily routine, subtly reshaping their lives-THE POLITICS OF EVERYDAY FEAR approaches fear less as a psychological fixation than as a fluid mechanism for the social control order of late capitalism. The aim of the contributors, including Kathy Acker, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, and Charles Manson, is as much to enact fear as to analyze it. If fear is the enemy that is us, there is no way around it. The only way out is through. BRIAN MASSUMI is associate professor in literature program at McGill University. He is the author and translator of numerous books and has written many essays on contemporary discourses.
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