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Title: Variants of the ‘underdog culture’ in Greek public opinion: soft and hard-core Russophilia
Authors: Siakas, George
Paschalidis, Panagiotis
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Political science
Keywords: Political culture
cultural dualism
Greek public opinion
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Southeast European and Black Sea Studies
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
First Page: 31
Last Page: 52
Abstract: Contemporary Russophilia is examined in this article as an outstanding feature of Greek political culture. Recent opinion polls (2016–2017) are used to validate a distinction between two different types of Russophilia: the soft, described as a positive predisposition towards Russia, and the hard-core, which suggests an embrace of Russia by breaking with Greece’s ties to the West. Hard-core Russophilia surfaces as a fitting element in Diamantouros’ underdog culture, as it uncovers sentiments of isolation, support for traditional values and fear towards Western values of modernity. The paper confirms the analytical capacity of the ‘cultural dualism’ framework, not as a dichotomy between modernizers and underdogs, but through the identification and measurement of different layers that outline the contemporary profile of hard-core Russophilia.
ISSN: 1468-3857
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/14683857.2021.1873578
Appears in Collections:Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies

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