Avoiding the lure of a psychological conceptualisation of fear, all chapters in this volume substantiate the criticism towards specific postmodern trends in anthropology that would rather focus on the individual dimension of fear, thus missing its social aspects. Fear cannot and must not be reduced to an emotional phenomenon, but must rather be regarded by anthropologists as the prime mover of rational management in dangerous or risky situations. The various forms of fear appear to be shaped by societies. (Christian Giordano, University of Fribourg)
Andrea Boscoboinik teaches social anthropology at the University of Fribourg / Switzerland.
Hana Horáková teaches social anthropology at the Metropolitan University Prague and the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic.