To be human is to experience fear, but what is it exactly that
makes us fearful? Landscapes of Fear-written immediately
after his classic Space and Place-is renowned geographer
Yi-Fu Tuan's influential exploration of the spaces of fear and of
how these landscapes shift during our lives and vary throughout
In a series of linked essays that journey broadly across place,
time, and cultures, Tuan examines the diverse manifestations and
causes of fear in individuals and societies: he describes the
horror created by epidemic disease and supernatural visions of
witches and ghosts; violence and fear in the country and the city;
fears of drought, flood, famine, and disease; and the ways in which
authorities devise landscapes of terror to instill fear and
subservience in their own populations.
In this groundbreaking work-now with a new preface by the
author-Yi-Fu Tuan reaches back into our prehistory to discover what
is universal and what is particular in our inheritance of fear.
Tuan emphasizes that human fear is a constant; it causes us to draw
what he calls our "circles of safety" and at the same time acts as
a foundational impetus behind curiosity, growth, and
Subjects: History, Anthropology, Population Studies
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