9/11, the War on Terror, and the Sociology of Mass Media
The book begins with a selection of articles and chapters that offer students a thorough explanation of the attacks themselves, as well as the effects they had on politics and other official publics. The readings in Part 2 of the text explore society’s reaction to 9/11 and the wars it produced, with emphasis on the response of popular culture. Part 3 provides an understanding of the social and historical reasons as to why the attacks happened, both from the perspective of U.S. foreign policy and the terrorists who enacted the attack. The anthology closes with a section that takes a look at the lasting effects of the attacks, exploring cultural impact and the changing landscape of terrorist threats.
By encouraging students to rationally explore and ask questions about an event that many feel they’ve been unable to examine critically before, 9/11, the War on Terror, and the Sociology of Mass Media allows them to exercise their citizenship, nationally and globally. This anthology is well suited for intermediate courses in the sociology of mass media and mass communication, as well as courses in terrorism and cultural sociology.
Elif Babül, assistant professor of anthropology at Mount Holyoke College
“This is a wonderful book for introducing students to various sociological perspectives on the causes and consequences of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Wild has deftly compiled a diverse collection of readings that promote a nuanced and critical awareness of how our shared understanding of 9/11 initially took shape the many ways that the stories of 9/11 have been revised as they are retold in media, politics, and popular culture.”
Brian Monahan, assistant professor at Baldwin Wallace University
“This is a really smart book, and a great idea for an undergraduate sociology course. Professor Michaud Wild has curated a wonderful collection of readings, drawn from leading scholars and spanning a range of disciplines and perspectives. Michaud Wild lends her own sophisticated analysis in helpful introductions to each section, and she includes exercises that encourage students to engage their sociological imaginations. This book is clearly the product of a master teacher at work.”
Ron Jacobs, professor of sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York
“Nearly twenty years after the collective trauma of September 11, 2001, Nickie Michaud Wild takes us back to the terrorist attacks, their immediate social aftermath, and the subsequent War on Terror. Using primary documents to trace how government and media shaped the official story, the book is an accessible introduction to the sociology of mass media as well as a nuanced historical reading of a defining American moment. Readers encountering this history for the first time are also asked to draw out the legacies of 911 for American politics today – widespread resistance to globalization, feelings of national insecurity, the normalization of Islamophobia, and declining rationality in public discourse.”
Eleanor Townsley, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology, Mount Holyoke College