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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-440
Number of pages20
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume70
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 16

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'All Quiet on the Eastern Front? Media Images of the West and Russian Foreign Political Identity1'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this