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Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful?

1st Edition

By Paul Joseph

Routledge

296 pages

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"It's time that someone broke into the general gloom created by a war-loving administration and reminded us that we are a peace-loving people. Paul Joseph's book does just that, not with fantasy but with facts, showing how the public antipathy to war, suppressed too long by propaganda and deception, is coming to the surface, and offers hope." Howard Zinn "In this antidote to despair, Joseph shows how even the most sophisticated efforts of US political and military leaders to maintain public support for war are flawed and doomed to failure in the face of an increasingly skeptical public that is unwilling to accept the costs." William A. Gamson, Boston College "An original and thought-provoking perspective on one of the most important issues in American politics today." Michael Klare, Hampshire College Are Americans becoming more peaceful -- even after the 2004 elections and the seeming affirmation of the war in Iraq? This book looks at the meaning of peace in the face of war and offers an optimistic interpretation of the public's changing views. US citizens are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the costs of war that can be measured not just in dollars but in lives and international respect. Americans are becoming ever more resistant to government management of the "facts" surrounding war. In areas ranging from media and photojournalism to gender and casualties, Joseph exposes the reality of popular opposition to war.

Reviews

“It’s time that someone broke into the general gloom created by a war-loving administration and reminded us that we are a peace-loving people. Paul Joseph’s book does just that, not with fantasy but with facts, showing how the public antipathy to war, suppressed too long by propaganda and deception, is coming to the surface, and offers hope.”

—Howard Zinn

“Paul Joseph has made me rethink militarization. Here in Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful? Joseph demonstrates persuasively exactly how much effort U.S. officials have invested in making Americans see the world as fearsome and wars as low cost. That suggests that they think that most Americans are not naturally inclined toward militarism. What a fresh insight this is! It should set off a lot of lively and valuable public conversation.”

—Cynthia Enloe, author of Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives

“In this antidote to despair, Joseph shows how even the most sophisticated efforts of U.S. political and military leaders to maintain public support for war are flawed and doomed to failure in the face of an increasingly skeptical public that is unwilling to accept the costs.”

—William A. Gamson, Professor of Sociology, Boston College

Table of Contents

1. From Mobilized to Conditional war 2. Managing Fear 3. Managing Information 4. Managing the Media 5. Managing the Photographs 6. Managing Gender 7. Managing Militarism 8. Managing Casualties 9. From Managing War to Making Peace

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General