Trapped in the Tower: The politics of American fear

Helene Olsen & Camilla Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is an investigation of how the perception of threats can lead to change in behaviour. America after 9/11 is the object of inquiry. Michel Foucault’s concept of panopticism has been used as an analytical and theoretical framework in order to investigate how the perception of threats have been internalised in America and if this has led to a change in behaviour by the American people. Furthermore, it has also been investigated how the perception of threats can lead to stigmatization of an entire group of people. Here Erving Coffman’s notion of Stigma is used, as has a conceptualization of Stigma by Link & Pheland. The major findings in the project are that Muslims have been stigmatized after 9/11, since Muslims in general are more or less equalised with terrorists, when it comes to the negative labels associated with terrorists. This project also concludes an internalisation of threats, which has occurred after 9/11, has led to an acceptance by the American people of the loss of certain civil liberties, in order to be secure as a nation.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 jan. 2013


  • American fear
  • Goffman
  • Stigma
  • America
  • Panopticism
  • perception of threats
  • US Patriot Act
  • Foucault
  • NSS