Our lives are filled with devices, organizations, and agreements to keep our bodies, loved ones, and belongings "safe." These practices assuage our fears, but what does it mean to be or feel safe? Is safety synonymous with security, stability, or stasis? Is it a condition or the negation of threat, risk, and danger? Can we ever be truly safe?
"Cole['s] book is filled with original and often unexpected interpretations. And she achieves a rare feat for a book that draws so heavily on philosophy, political theory, and discourse analysis: she writes a page-turner, a book in which wit and irony accompany acute analysis."
"The Cult of True Victimhood is a well written and stimulating book that social scientists interested in issues ranging from criminology to feminism and ethnic relations could find interesting. Moreover, this solid piece of scholarship offers an original take on contemporary U.S. society that has no equivalent in the existing social science literature."
"Alyson M. Cole has written a brilliant book that crosses political theory and American studies...she navigates a breathtaking range of references by moving playfully and insightfully from high theory to popular culture."