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Formations of Terror

Author(s): Simon Bell

Book Description

There are a host of books about fear but, as yet, there has been little attempt to methodically and systemically assess how fear emerges and is targeted. This highly readable yet rigorous book sets about the methodical assessment of fear as an emergent property. Working from the personal experience of fear as ‘everyman’, and then using examples and case studies, it explores the main principles which lie behind the manifestation of fear of all kinds. Using climate change as its specific point of focus, fear is seen to be a major force in problem assessment and analysis and, by accident or intention, a significant confusion to human decision making. By the systemic development of the main features of the Paradigm of Fear and the identification of Fear Amplifying and Fear Attenuating systems, the book demonstrates how fear can be contained, how new social forms can arise and how new behaviours and social qualities can mitigate the Formations of Terror.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9895-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9895-3
Date of Publication: 01/03/2017
Pages / Size: 270 / A5
Price: £61.99


Simon Bell is Professor of Innovation and Methodology at the Open University, UK. He has had a diverse academic career in development studies, information technology and sustainability assessment, with over 100 refereed papers and books published on subjects as diverse as group measurement and dynamics, social, visual and participatory methods and problem structuring. He has been keenly interested in the impact of fear as a major force in human problem structuring in over thirty countries and for over thirty years.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0789-0
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0789-0
Date of Publication: 01/05/2018
Pages / Size: 273 / A5
Price: £49.99