Scapegoats of September 11th : hate crimes & state crimes in the war on terror
- Michael Welch.
- English. English.
- New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2006.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (x, 222 pages).
- Critical issues in crime and society.
- Welch, Michael, 1960- author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-218) and index.
- Talking about terror
- Seeking a safer society
- Scapegoating and social insecurity
- Crusading against terror
- Hate crimes as backlash violence
- Profiling and detention in post-9/11 America
- State crimes in the war on terror
- Claiming effectiveness
- Assaulting civil liberties
- Culture of denial.
From its largest cities to deep within its heartland, from its heavily trafficked airways to its meandering country byways, America has become a nation racked by anxiety about terrorism and national security. In response to the fears prompted by the tragedy of September 11th, the country has changed in countless ways. Airline security has tightened, mail service is closely examined, and restrictions on civil liberties are more readily imposed by the government and accepted by a wary public. The altered American landscape, however, includes more than security measures and ID cards. The country's desperate quest for security is visible in many less obvious, yet more insidious ways. In ""Scapegoats of September 11th"", criminologist Michael Welch argues that the ""war on terror"" is a political charade that delivers illusory comfort, stokes fear, and produces scapegoats used as emotional relief. Regrettably, much of the outrage that resulted from 9/11 has been targeted at those not involved in the attacks on the Pentagon or the Twin Towers. As this book explains, those people have become the scapegoats of September 11th. Welch takes on the uneasy task of sorting out the various manifestations of displaced aggression, most notably the hate crimes and state crimes that have become embarrassing hallmarks both at home and abroad. Drawing on topics such as ethnic profiling, the Abu Ghraib scandal, Guantanamo Bay, and the controversial Patriot Act, Welch looks at the significance of knowledge, language, and emotion in a post-9/11 world. In the face of popular and political cheerleading in the war on terror, this book presents a careful and sober assessment, reminding us that sound counterterrorism policies must rise above, rather than participate in, the propagation of bigotry and victimization.
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- September 11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)
- War on Terrorism (2001-2009)
- War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 > Moral and ethical aspects.
- September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 > Influence.
- Hate crimes > United States.
- Arab Americans > Crimes against > United States.
- Islamophobia > United States.
- Prejudices > United States.
- Civil rights > United States.
- United States > Race relations.
- Opération Liberté immuable, 2001- > Aspect moral.
- Attentats du 11 septembre 2001, États-Unis > Influence.
- Crimes haineux > États-Unis.
- Américains d'origine arabe, Crimes contre les > États-Unis.
- Islamophobie > États-Unis.
- Préjugés > États-Unis.
- Droits de l'homme > États-Unis.
- États-Unis > Relations raciales.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE > Criminology.
- Arab Americans > Crimes against.
- Civil rights.
- Hate crimes.
- Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
- Race relations.
- United States.
- Civil Rights.
- September 11 Terrorist Attacks.
- Electronic book.
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- Hate crimes & state crimes in the war on terror
- Critical issues in crime and society
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