Fear of War

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The humanitarian scientific literature contains various approaches to fear. In social sciences, especially in psychology, fear is considered as an emotional feeling or an affective reaction associated with a real or imaginary threat. It may be caused by past traumatic experience sensed in the present, or projected onto future situations. In sociology, anthropology, and history of emotions, fear is perceived as a social construct that is embedded into a particular context and produced with the help of interpersonal interactions in daily life. Frequently, fear relates to risks and is cultivated through connections with potential threats. To this extent, it ispossible to talk about different human phobias such as fear of death, fear of pain, fear of violence, and fear of war.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Encyclopedia of War
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Science Perspectives
EditorsPaul Joseph
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, London
PublisherSage Publications Ltd
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4833-5989-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016