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New Security Challenges

Security Threats and Public Perception

Digital Russia and the Ukraine Crisis

Authors: Gaufman, Elizaveta

  • Offers an insight beyond the governmental rhetoric and examines what the public has to say, not just Putin 
  • Includes contemporary material and historical/archival sources 
  • Explores the influence of collective memory on domestic and foreign policy
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About this book

Countless attempts at analyzing Russia’s actions focus on Putin to understand Russia’s military imbroglio in Ukraine, hostility towards America, and disdain of ‘Gayropa’. This book invites its readers to look beyond the man and delve into the online lives of millions of Russians. It asks not the question of what the threats are to Russia’s security, but what they are perceived to be by digital Russia.

The author examines how enemy images are manufactured, threats magnified, stereotypes revived, memories implanted and fears harnessed. It looks at the legacy of the Soviet Union in shaping discussions ranging from the Ukraine crisis to the Pussy Riots trial, and explores the complex inter-relation between enemy images at the governmental level and their articulation by the general public. By drawing on the fields of international relations, memory studies, visual studies, and big data, this book addresses the question of why securitization succeeds – and why it fails.

"Security theory meets the visual turn and goes to Russia, where old tsarist and Soviet tropes are flooding the internet in support of Putin's neo-tsarism. A magical mystery tour that comes recommended.

Iver B. Neumann, author of "Russia and the Idea of Europe"

“The novelty of her approach is in going beyond the traditional top down perspective and capturing the receptivity and contribution of various social groups to securitized discourses.”

Andrei P.Tsygankov, author of "Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity".

“When do scary proclamations of security threats attract an audience? When does securitization work?  ‘Security Threats and Public Perception’ combines in-depth analysis of the Ukraine Crisis in the Russian digital media with discourse theory to make an innovative argument about how and when people believe that they are insecure. A must read!”

Laura Sjoberg, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Florida, USA

 

About the authors

Elizaveta Gaufman received her PhD in political science from the University of Tübingen. Elizaveta is working on the intersection of political science, media studies and semiotics, combining international relations theory with other fields of study. She has published on migration, nationalism, sexuality, new media and the crisis in Ukraine.

Reviews

“This book is an original study of “threat narratives” that dominate Russian discourses on many levels, from official speeches to popular press to the blogs and posts in social media. Relying on the recent progress in digital humanities, Gaufman has developed advanced methods of studying statistical, visual and sexual aspects of these imagined threats. With its interdisciplinary and international appeal, this book presents an innovative contribution to cultural sociology and a breakthrough in Russian Studies.” (Alexander Etkind, Mikhail M. Bakhtin Professor of History of Russia-Europe Relations, European University Institute, Italy)

“When do scary proclamations of security threats attract an audience? When does securitization work?  ‘Security Threats and Public Perception’ combines in-depth analysis of the Ukraine Crisis in the Russian digital media with discourse theory to make an innovative argument about how and when people believe that they are insecure. A must read!” (Laura Sjoberg, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Florida, USA)

“Security theory meets the visual turn and goes to Russia, where old tsarist and Soviet tropes are flooding the internet in support of Putin's neo-tsarism. A magical mystery tour that comes recommended.” (Iver B. Neumann, author of "Russia and the Idea of Europe")

“The novelty of her approach is in going beyond the traditional top down perspective and capturing the receptivity and contribution of various social groups to securitized discourses.” (Andrei P.Tsygankov, author of "Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity")

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

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    Pages 1-12

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  • Defining Securitization, Enemy Images, and Memory

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    Pages 13-50

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  • Identifying Threat Narratives

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    Pages 51-76

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  • The USA as the Primary Threat to Russia

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    Pages 77-102

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  • Fascism and the Ukraine Crisis

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    Pages 103-123

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eBook 89,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-43201-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 123,04 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-43200-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Security Threats and Public Perception
Book Subtitle
Digital Russia and the Ukraine Crisis
Authors
Series Title
New Security Challenges
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-43201-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-43201-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-43200-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 222
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 illustrations in colour
Topics