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One Nation Under StressThe Trouble with Stress as an Idea$
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Dana Becker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199742912.001.0001

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Vulnerability Reexamined

(p.182) Chapter 7 Afterword
One Nation Under Stress

Dana Becker

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the factors underlying vulnerability to stress, including family, neighborhood, community, societal institutions, policies, and dominant ideologies. It also considers how the stress concept supports a preoccupation with questions and concerns relating to equality, along with the role of risk and the fear it engenders in the middle class' embrace of the stress concept. Finally, it discusses stressism in relation to human vulnerability to stress and Martha Albertson Fineman's views about vulnerability.

Keywords:   vulnerability, stress, family, stress concept, equality, risk, fear, middle class, stressism, Martha Albertson Fineman

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