America and the politics of insecurity / Andrew Rojecki.

Rojecki, Andrew, 1946- [Browse]
  • Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
xii, 241 pages ; 23 cm.


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"In America and the Politics of Insecurity, Andrew Rojecki assesses the response of citizens and politicians to a series of crises that confronted the United States during the first decade of the twenty-first century. This period brought Americans face to face with extraordinarily difficult problems that were compounded by their origin in seemingly uncontrollable global forces. Rojecki establishes a theoretical framework for understanding how these new uncertainties contribute to increasingly polarized political discourse. Analyzing three domains of American insecurity--economic, environmental, and existential--Rojecki examines responses to the Great Recession by groups like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street; considers why the growing demand for fossil fuels makes people disregard global warming; and explores the desire for security measures that restrict personal freedom in the age of terrorism. Ultimately, he explains why the right has thus far held an edge over the left in the politics of insecurity. Rojecki concludes that in order to address these broad-scale political problems, we must reframe domestic issues as reactions to undiagnosed global conditions. Bringing the psychology of uncertainty together with contemporary case studies, this book is a sweeping diagnostic for--and antidote to--ineffective political discourse in a globalized world that imports bads as well as goods." -- Publisher's description
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Globalization and insecurity
  • Uncertainty, interests, and identity
  • Unknown unknowns: 9/11 and the dark side of globalization
  • American exceptionalism and post-9/11 foreign policy
  • Climate change & the flood
  • Porosity and paradox: global cities and the illegal immigration debate
  • Reaction from the right: tea party politics
  • Reactions from the left: global justice and occupy wall street
  • The new normal and the limits of uncertainty.
  • 9781421419602 (paperback ; : acid-free paper)
  • 1421419602 (paperback ; : acid-free paper)
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