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At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture

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Anyone who reads the papers or watches the evening news is all too familiar with how variations of the word monster are used to describe unthinkable acts of violence. Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, and O. J. Simpson were all monsters if we are to believe the mass media. Even Bill Clinton was depicted with the term during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. But why is so much energy devoted in our culture to the making of monsters? Why are Americans so transfixed by transgression? What is at stake when the exclamatory gestures ...

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At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture
2003, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226380070

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At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture
2001, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226380063

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