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All Quiet on the Eastern Front? Media Images of the West and Russian Foreign Political Identity1

von Seth, Rutger LU (2018) In Europe-Asia Studies 70(3). p.421-440
Abstract

National and foreign political identities are discursively constructed, not least through the media. Starting from the contention that Europe serves as the main Other used to define the idea of Russia, this article uses media texts (online and press) to analyse how Russia is constructed as a foreign policy actor in relation to Europe and the ‘West’ more generally. In so doing, the article draws on three discourses around Russia’s foreign policy: ‘Russia as Europe’; ‘Russia as part of Greater Europe’; and ‘Russia as Alternative Europe’. The article suggests that discursive developments in the 2000s have paved the way for a return of Cold War discourses in characterising relations between Russia and the West.

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Europe-Asia Studies
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70
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3
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20 pages
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Routledge
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ISSN
0966-8136
DOI
10.1080/09668136.2018.1448926
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English
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