Rowman and Littlefield International
Public Perception of International Crises

Public Perception of International Crises

Identity, Ontological Security and Self-Affirmation

By Dmitry Chernobrov

Part of the series Frontiers of the Political

Publication Date: Jul 2019

Pages 240

Hardback 9781786610034
£80.00
Ebook 9781786610041
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How do people make sense of distant but disturbing international events? Why are some representations more appealing than others? What do they mean for the perceiver’s own sense of self? Going beyond conventional analysis of political perception and imagining at the level of accuracy, this book reveals how self-conceptions are unconsciously, but centrally present in our judgments and representations of international crises.Combining international relations and psychosocial studies, Dmitry Chernobrov shows how the imagining of international politics is shaped by the need for positive and continuous societal self-concepts. The book captures evidence of self-affirming political imagining in how the general public in the West and in Russia understood the Arab uprisings (also known as the Arab Spring) and makes an argument both about and beyond this particular case. The book will appeal to those interested in international crises, political psychology, media and audiences, perception and political imagining, ontological security, identity and emotion, and collective memory.

List of Figures

List of Acronyms

Preface

Introduction

PART I: THE DRAWING SELF

1. Perception and Collective Identity

2. Anxiety of the Unknown and (Mis)Recognition

3. A Positive Self

PART II: THE PORTRAITS OF OTHERS

4. Imagining Others as Different or Similar

5. Drawing from Memory

PART III: ENCOUTERING CRISES

6. Public Perception of the Arab Uprisings

7. Wider Narratives: From the Arab Uprisings to Ukraine

Epilogue: Perception as a Relation

References

Index

Dmitry Chernobrov is Lecturer in Media and International Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK.

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