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"Bringing together environmental and cultural concerns, Riismandel takes a very compelling approach. From The China Syndrome and home security systems to Dungeons & Dragons, his examples and evidence are original and creative."

"Riismandel combines important ideas about the moral panics and culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s with insights into the relations among popular culture, news media attention, and actual conditions on the ground, making this an interdisciplinary book of cultural studies, suburban studies, and recent political history."

"By expertly weaving together cultural, media, and policy analysis, Riismandel reveals the cultural logic undergirding such seemingly disparate issues as 'stranger danger,' satanic panics, and NIMBYism in the 1970s and 1980s. This exciting and provocative book blows up the stereotype of the sitcom suburbs and helps us understand the world we live in today."

"Riismandel's deeply original argument connects very visible suburban environments such as the family home and the shopping mall to a series of invisible threats. In doing so he brings together cultural, political, and spatial readings of suburban fear to enable a reconceptualization of the suburbs as a psychological terrain."

"By turns a fascinating history and savvy cultural critique eerily prescient of contemporary politics, Neighborhood of Fear weaves together the histories of white suburbanites wielding 'productive victimization' as a 'new formula of power'—one that worked to undermine faith in government and to brand certain popular culture 'dangerous' while fortifying white privilege, racial segregation, and a particular version of family values. This book is both timely and timeless."

Neighborhood of Fear
The Suburban Crisis in American Culture, 1975–2001
Publication Date: 24 Nov 2020
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 256 pages
Illustrations: 14 figures
ISBN: 9781421439549