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The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and Trade Matter

Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis

Abstract

Now that increased internationalism has challenged the traditional worldviews of many Americans, concerns and fears abound concerning the potential danger posed by contact with foreigners. During the period when rapid change occurs, this new relationship with the rest of the world is initially explored through rumors and legends. Some of these stories are fantastic; many of them are inaccurate; but all of them reflect Americans' first hesitant steps to understand their new place on the globe. This book calls for a close and fair reading of several cycles of rumors on their own terms: as a cult ... More

Keywords: internationalism, rumor, legend, terrorism, immigration, stereotype, conspiracy, tourism, international trade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199736317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736317.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Alan Fine, author
Northwestern University
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Bill Ellis, author
Penn State University, Hazleton
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