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Fear of the Future in the Modern World

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The specific objectives of this article were to research what factors the intensity of fears, in particular, fears of catastrophes spread in post-communist countries; and what the impact of fear is on political, social, and economic life, in post-communist society. This article is based on the theoretical analysis of fear, as a social construction, influenced by the "hard facts" of society, i.e., the economic developments, the political and social processes, as well as the "soft facts" of society, i.e., ideological trends, the character of information available to ordinary people, and the acts of various political actors to use fear as a propaganda tool to obtain their desires. The article relies on sociological traditions which have been discovered in recent studies of the rational and irrational elements in the individual. These studies have also uncovered a trend in the relative role of fears on the degree of justification extrapolated from the subjects "objective reality," i.e., from well substantiated fears (for instance, the fear of catastrophes like Chernobyl), to fully absurd fears (for instance, fears based on various conspiracy theories).

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, U.S.A.


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