Perpetuating Patriotic Perceptions: The Cognitive Funtion of the Cold War

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evils in future American schemata are matters for speculation. As long as there exist leftist revolutionaries and regimes who can be labeled as communists, it is unlikely that communism will disappear from American minds. In the absence of the Soviet threat, the United States will continue to exert its power in the name of freedom and democracy. The negative image of communism, which became so prominent during the cold war, is likely to retain its power as a condensational symbol, and it will continue to play a role in maintaining the American patriotic schema in the context of American interventionism.


NOTES
1.
"Oppression" was not included in this study because its importance to the schema was not yet realized when the questionnaire was created.
2.
A number of other words and phrases were also included in word-pairs on the questionnaire. Those words included China, Iran, South Africa, the Nicaraguan government, the Nicaraguan Contras, and capitalism. Aside from some of the findings concerning China, the responses to pairs containing these words are not discussed in this chapter.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - "America Won the Cold War!": an Introduction 1
  • Note 14
  • Part I - The Cold War Schema in America 15
  • 2 - Cognition, Culture, and the Cold War Schema 17
  • 3 - Cold War Opinion in America 50
  • Notes 95
  • 4 - Cold War Themes in American Culture 97
  • 5 - Central American Elections on Network News: Cases of Cold War Framing 107
  • Note 123
  • Part II - Cognitive Effects of the Cold War Schema 125
  • 6 - Common Meanings for Cold War Concepts 127
  • Notes 142
  • 7 - Balance, Stability, and Change in the Cold War Schema 144
  • Notes 162
  • 8 - Attributions for Superpower Interventions 163
  • Note 180
  • 9 - Cold War Goals in American Foreign Policy: Nicaragua and the World 181
  • Note 187
  • 10 - Choosing Sides with the Cold War Schema 188
  • 11 - Recalling Information Consistent with the Cold War Schema 197
  • 12 - Conclusion 209
  • References 213
  • Index 223
  • About the Author *
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