By Gary Alan Fine,Bill Ellis
In The international Grapevine, major specialists on rumor, folklore, and concrete legend--Gary Alan wonderful and invoice Ellis--shed mild on what modern rumors can let us know concerning the fears and pressures of globalization. particularly, they research 4 significant topics that emerge time and again: rumors approximately terrorism, approximately immigration, approximately overseas exchange, and approximately tourism. The authors research how numerous rumors underscore American reactions to perceived worldwide threats, exhibit how we interpret our altering global, and spotlight fears, fantasies, and loved ideals approximately our position on this planet. alongside the best way the publication examines a large choice of rumors-that the Israelis have been in the back of Sep 11, the President knew of the assault upfront, travelers get up in overseas international locations with their kidneys stolen, international employees urinate in vats of beer destined to be shipped to the United States. those rumors, the authors argue, mirror our anxieties and fears approximately touch with overseas cultures-whether we think overseas pageant to be poisoning the household economic climate or that overseas immigration to be eroding American values.
Rumors are the noticeable tip of an enormous iceberg of hidden anxieties. Illuminating the main generally circulated rumors in the United States in recent times, The international Grapevine bargains a useful portrait of what those stories show approximately modern society.