This is the first cross-national and comparative analysis of how fear shapes and dominates political, social, and economic life in post-Communist countries. Each chapter analyzes economic fears, fears of catastrophes, worries about internal and foreign enemies, health concerns, and environmental uncertainties and their connection to political, social, and economic life. The contributors explore rational and irrational elements of the individual's fears and examines the influence of political and social factors. The contributors consolidate results of public opinion polls with other sources of empirical information, such as small surveys, case studies, and focus-group methologies in Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and among Russian immigrants in the US and Israel.
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About the Author
Eric Shiraev is a researcher at George Washington University.
Vladimir Shlapentokh is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 2||Russia: Anxiously Surviving||11|
|Chapter 3||The Czech Republic: Transitional Worries||29|
|Chapter 4||Poland: Fears in Transition||51|
|Chapter 5||Ukraine: Fears and Uncertainty||67|
|Chapter 6||Belarus: Fears, Hopes, and Paradoxes of the Transformation||81|
|Chapter 7||Lithuania: Transitional Fears after Independence||97|
|Chapter 8||Russian Immigrants in America: Fears and Hopes||111|
|Chapter 9||A Conclusion: Transitional Fears in the Post Communist World||121|
|American Fears: Change and Continuity||139|
|Fears in Ex-Soviet Union Immigrants in Israel||145|