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Kontekstiks:

This special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies addresses fear within media and popular culture, adopting a cultural studies approach to fear in a variety of socio-cultural and political contexts. […] Rather than offering a generalizing account, this issue seeks to address fear in specific contexts, localities and from specific roles and perspectives.

Erinumbri ulatus:

Topics range from political satire, meme culture, performance documentary, to chemsex pornography and everyday life.

Hirm levib:

We see the trade in fear in the rise of populism within Europe or the United States, where the subject positions of ‘us and them’ can lead to xenophobia and political extremes.

Ja need vahendid …

Research on social activists, for example, indicates how alternative political movements fear not only digital surveillance of their online identities and actions, but also the surveillance of these movements through infiltration by undercover police (Ball et al., 2012). Such research shows how fear of digital surveillance connects with trust, morality and ethics in political culture.

Hirmu relatsiooniline loomus:

A common thread across this rich range of articles is the way researchers understand fear as always relational: anxiety may lead to fear, and fear can spark feelings of anger and provoke violence; after the process of recognizing fear and feeling it as an intensely physical, emotional and psychological state, there can be actions taken as a result of such fear, security measures for example, or protest for victim recognition and social justice.

Lugemishuvi ärgitamiseks:

this special issue addresses fear from multiple angles: facing and countering fear as a documentary filmmaker and their audience, as an ethnographer, as a meme builder and spreader; fear and anxiety as part of media and political engagement, as embedded in intimate digital spheres; and reflexively working through fear as an object of study and an affective state of being.

Hill, A., Mortensen, M., & Hermes, J. (2021). Fear: Introduction to special issue. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 24(4), 793–800. https://doi.org/10.1177/13675494211033297