Psychosocial Dimensions of Terror – Public Fear and Distrust After 9/11

Psychosocial Dimensions of Terror

  • Following an act of terrorism, lingering public fear and distrust may exist. The impact of these conditions can be felt socially and economically. Following 9/11, the U.S. saw a dramatic impact on the stock market as well as overseas markets. Americans developed distrust of Muslim-Americans reminiscent of reactions to Japanese-Americans during WWII. A general pervasive attitude of uncertainty permeated America.

Assignment Guidelines

  • In 4–6 paragraphs, address the following:
    • What governmental responses were initiated following 9/11 to address public fear and distrust? Explain.
      • Are these measures still in place? Why or why not?
      • Are they effective or only notionally effective satisfying the public’s need to fee safe? Explain.
    • How can the American public’s reactions to a terrorist attack affect the United States’ partner nations’ confidence in the US economy?
      • What might these reactions do to nations that are not friendly to the US?
      • Could this weakened financial state embolden them to action?
      • How can the US create confidence in light of these reactions?
    • Nine years after 9/11, are these fears still present?
      • How is the US government impacted
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