Readership: Sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, communications scholars, and linguists, as well as general readers interested in rumors, folklore, and the outcomes of globalization.
Gary Alan Fine, John Evans Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University, and Bill Ellis, Professor of English and American Studies, Penn State University, Hazleton
Gary Alan Fine is John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. His book, Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award.
Bill Ellis is Professor of Enlighs and American Studies at Penn State University at Hazleton. He is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and has served as President of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.
"If you are interested in how public rumours emerge and spread, this well written book offers good analytical tools and insights. It looks in depth at a number of stories which are 'too good to be false' to show how they play into wider public anxiety." - Charles Crawford former British diplomat
Introduction: Rumor and Global Politics
1.: Rumor and September 11th: Understanding the Unthinkable
2.: A Riot of Conspiracies
3.: Migrants: Disease in the Body Politics
4.: "There Goes the Neighborhood": Latino Migrants and Immigration Rumors
5.: Tourist Troubles: The Travels of Global Rumor
6.: The Dangers of International Trade
7.: : Global Trafficking in Bodies
8.: Whispers on the Borderline