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Laura Dodsworth - A State of Fear (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Subtitled : How the UK government weaponised fear during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sunday Times Bestseller.

This is a book about fear.

Fear of a virus. Fear of death. Fear of losing our jobs, our democracy, our human connections, our health and our minds.

It's also about how the government weaponised our fear against us - supposedly in our best interests - until we were one of the most frightened countries in the world. But why did the government deliberately frighten us?

How has this affected us as individuals and as a country? Who is involved in the decision-making that affects our lives? How are behavioural science and nudge theory being used to subliminally manipulate us? How does the media leverage fear? What are the real risks to our wellbeing?

Ahead of any official inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Laura Dodsworth explores all these questions and more, in a nuanced and thought-provoking discussion of an extraordinary year in British life and politics.

With stories from members of the general public who were impacted by fear, anxiety and isolation, and revealing interviews with psychologists, politicians, scientists, lawyers, Whitehall advisers and journalists, A State of Fear calls for a more hopeful, transparent and effective democracy.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : As New
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Politics & Government
  • Published : 2021 (Pinter & Martin)
  • ISBN : 9781780667201
  • SKU : B003159
  • PPC : SP300gm
  • RRP : £9.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

'This is an important book. The use of fear as a tool of political management is a major challenge to democracy which every one should reflect upon, whatever their view about lockdowns and Covid-19.' - Lord Sumption.

'This is a timely piece of work, shot through with the voices of frightened people. Those voices must be heard and properly listened to. Altogether this is a fascinating consideration of how fear has been used again and again throughout history and in one civilisation after another, so that governments and others in authority might get their own way. A State of Fear is an affecting and troubling read.' - Neil Oliver, writer and broadcaster.

'This book is a thoroughly researched account of the amplification of public fear throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. It asks vital questions about the science and ethics of behavioural interventions. These have gone beyond ‘nudging’ to undermine democratic values and the rule of law. UK citizens will suffer from the consequences for many years to come.' - Robert Dingwall, Professor of Sociology, Nottingham Trent University.

'A chilling post-mortem of 2020’s silent epidemic - fear - and how it was used by a behavioural science apparat to terrify us into submission. It’s a thorough, fascinating and important book which I absolutely loved – I couldn’t put it down!' - Patrick Fagan, Behavioural Scientist.

The Author

Laura Dodsworth is an author, journalist, photographer and filmmaker. Her previous books Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their storiesManhood: The Bare Reality and Womanhood: The Bare Reality have attracted worldwide media coverage and excellent reviews. Laura and the creation of Womanhood were the subject of a documentary 100 Vaginas for Channel 4, which received 5 star reviews and has been broadcast around the world.

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