Stranger danger and the epidemic of fear
on the psychology of recent western reactions to others
This book explores the psychological dimensions of fear of strangers and Jaap van Ginneken relates this to recent political and sociological developments. In four elegantly written essays, mass psychologist Jaap van Ginneken helps us to understand how our psychological tendencies and cultural habits work in relation to others and other cultures. People do not live in the real world, but in their own representations of the real world. These representations are subject to a range of biases and fallacies and to a `selective articulation of certain facts and relationships. They make certain things stand out as self-evident and make other things disappear from view. Psychology and the social sciences have identified myriad ways through which our perceptions may become distorted, particularly our perceptions of different cultures. Some of our fears and irritations about different cultures, our frustrations and aggression, turn out to be entirely disproportionate.
|Titel:||Stranger danger and the epidemic of fear|
|auteur:||Jaap van Ginneken|
|Uitgever:||Eleven International Publishing|
|NUR:||Bestuurs- en beleidskunde|