A State of Fear: How the UK Government Weaponised Fear During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Paperback)

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A State of Fear: How the UK Government Weaponised Fear During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Paperback)

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This is a book about fear. Fear of a virus. Fear of death. Fear of losing our jobs, our democracy, our human connections, our health and our minds. It's also about how the government weaponised our fear against us - supposedly in our best interests - until we were the most frightened country in Europe.

But why did the government deliberately frighten us, and how has this affected us as individuals and as a country? Who is involved in the decision-making that affects our lives? How are behavioural science and nudge theory being used to subliminally manipulate us? How does the media leverage fear? What are the real risks to our wellbeing?

Ahead of any official inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Laura Dodsworth explores all these questions and more, in a nuanced and thought-provoking discussion of an extraordinary year in British life and politics. With stories from members of the general public who were impacted by fear, anxiety and isolation, and revealing interviews with psychologists, politicians, scientists, lawyers, Whitehall advisers and journalists, A State of Fear calls for a more hopeful, transparent and effective democracy.
Laura Dodsworth is an author, journalist, photographer and filmmaker and has been described as a 'latter-day punchy Cassandra' and a 'Slayer of Taboos'. Her previous books Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their stories, Manhood: The Bare Reality and Womanhood: The Bare Reality have attracted worldwide media coverage and excellent reviews. Laura and the creation of Womanhood were the subject of a documentary for Channel 4, 100 Vaginas, which received 5 star reviews and has been broadcast around the world.
Product Details ISBN: 9781780667201
ISBN-10: 1780667205
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd
Publication Date: May 17th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English