Rosario Ordoñez-Jasís and Pablo Jasís



Bowling for Columbine: Critically Interrogating the Industry of Fear

Ordoñez-Jasís and Jasís review Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine, a disturbing story about the fabrication and perpetuation of fear in society, especially in the United States. The essay examines how a multilevel campaign of fear works to legitimize symbolic and material violence at the national and international levels. It also addresses the social implications of this violence. The authors explore the possibility of articulating an oppositional pedagogy of peace as an alternative to the discourse of war, criminalization, and social alienation.

motion pictures, documentary films, school violence, racism, sexism, social conditions and trends, Moore, Michael (filmmaker)

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 30, No. 3 (2003): 127-133