Yossi David

Yossi David
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | bgu · Department of Communication Studies

PhD

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Introduction
I am a media and communication researcher who studies social biases. My primary scholarly interests center on what drives public opinion and social behavior, with a special emphasis on hostile communication behavior and its interactions with individual attitudes, embedding discourses, and media technologies. I examine the ways in which media and social biases (perceptions, stereotypes) are shaping and moderating emotions, attitudes, and behavior.

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Publications (28)
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To what extent do political orientation, racial beliefs, and media use contribute to explaining support for human rights violations? To address these question, we draw on Adorno's “authoritarian personality” theory by proposing the concept of “racial syndrome,” resulting in affinity for expressions of support for right-wing ideologies. Using a publ...
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בעשור האחרון אנו עדים להתפשטותם של מצעדי גאווה בעולם, מערי המטרופולין הגדולות לעבר ערים קטנות, ואפילו לאזורים כפריים. תהליך זה כרוך בהתעצבות קבוצות אקטיביסטיות ושיחים פוליטיים מסוג חדש, הבוחנים מהם המקומות הנכונים וההולמים שבהם יש לקיים מצעדי גאווה. מאמר זה מתמקד באירועי הגאווה בעיר אשדוד, העיר השישית בגודלה בארץ, ובוחן ממדים של זמן ומרחב קוויריים...
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This study explores the effect of priming gendered stereotypes on emotions toward immigrants and attitudes toward refugees among Jewish-Israelis and Germans. It aims to contribute a new theoretical perspective on the importance of gendered stereotypes in media discourses. Drawing on previous research, which suggests a theoretical model for examinin...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in new behaviors and digital practices. This study explores how digital media has advanced safer behavior among ultra-Orthodox Israeli adults during the pandemic in authoritarian societies. We explored the level of adherence to government-issued health guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic by conducting a public...
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En las últimas décadas, se ha prestado una mayor atención académica a las interacciones entre la inmigración, la cobertura de los medios de comunicación, los tipos de encuadres y el aumento del populismo. Este trabajo revisa sistemáticamente un grupo de artículos revisados por pares cuya temática son las representaciones mediáticas de los inmigrant...
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In recent decades, increased scholarly attention has been paid to the interactions between immigration, media coverage, framing, and the rise of populism. This paper draws on these interactions to systematically review peer-reviewed articles related to media representations of immigrants and refugees in Brazil and the United Kingdom (UK). The objec...
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The last decade has seen the expansion of pride parades worldwide, in the metropolitan centers, in smaller cities, and even in rural areas. This process involves the formation of activist groups and new political discourses that challenge the notions of where and how pride parades should come to be. This chapter focuses on pride events in one ordin...
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Although attacks against gendered others have proliferated around the world, there remains a paucity of research examining the gender-biased climate that normalizes and condones racialization and dehumanization. In particular, there is scant empirical research investigating the role that gendered and sexualized discourses play in political conflict...
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To what extent do perceptions of public opinion effect individual support and political participation in political action? To what extent might media use moderate the role of public opinion in predicting political participation in the digital age? This study investigates these questions by analysing unique data from an experiment and a representati...
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With the global spread of COVID-19, various countries closed their borders, called for social distancing, and to stay at home. Thus, creating digital platforms as essential means of communication for interpersonal encounters, public information, education systems, and access to vital needs was of utmost importance. These developments increased acce...
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The COVID-9 crisis highlights several societal issues. Among them, it reveals that digitization has a distinct influence on interpersonal communication. The crisis underscores the importance of access to the Internet and digital media in everyday life. The restrictions on the freedom of movement are offset through digital platforms for our basic ne...
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Media play an important role in informing the public about issues on the political agenda, different opinions, and public statements, thereby establishing and bringing forth new spaces of information flow. One of the media's main roles in democratic societies is to give publicity to central issues on the political and public agenda, especially in t...
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The aim of this paper is twofold: first, to demonstrate how the use of experimental methods challenges the implicit assumption of progressive discourse analysts that ‘inspiring’ messages will have a positive effect on political attitudes and trust regardless of the recipients’ early political dispositions; second, to examine the power of conciliato...
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To what extent do gender perceptions shape conflict situations? To what extent might gendered perceptions of outgroup and ingroup undergird support for violence and human rights abuses? This dissertation investigates these questions through analysis of data from public opinion polls that were designed and conducted in the context of the Israeli-Pal...
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This paper critically engages with the concept of queer safe spaces in the borderland urban setting of West-Jerusalem. Based on an analysis of the case study of safety within the Israeli queer community, we argue that queer safe spaces offer a specific formation of space and suggest that hegemonic discourses (re)produce power structures into critic...
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This study examines the role of digital media within the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel, a conservative closed community, whose leadership is unable or unwilling to control the effects of digital media on the rank-and-file. Over the past decade, digital media have played an important role for challenging authoritarian rule around the glo...
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When and why do communities accept novel ideas as intuitively convincing? In this study, we make use of the socio-cultural fragmentation of Israeli society to expose the discursive processes shaping the culture-dependent resonance of ideas. Specifically, we trace how Israeli president Reuven Rivlin’s interpretation of two lethal attacks by Jewish e...
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The goal of the present study was to investigate how empathy and gender-empathic constructions affect the levels of support for political compromise in an intractable conflict. Gender-empathic constructions relate to perceptions that individuals hold about self or others as having feminine-empathic gender traits. We hypothesized that empathy will b...
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We introduce, in this study, a gendering human rights model in which perceiving outgroups as having stereotypical feminine traits predicts decreased support for violating their human rights through the mediation of threat perception. This model is tested in the context of the asymmetrical protracted Israeli- Palestinian conflict using Jewish-Israel...
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This article focuses on the violent acts of Tag-Mehir (Price Tag), a group of Israeli citizens that injure, attack, vandalize and violate Palestinian individuals, communities and property. The paper discusses the criminalities of Tag-Mehir by reporting statistics on their crimes and juxtaposing statistical data with voices and analyses of Israeli o...
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This article examines a sacralized political economy of state crime, centring Israeli assaults on the occupied Gaza Strip over the last ten years, with a particular focus on the violent attack perpetrated in 2014. Taking the 2006 election of Hamas as a point of departure, the article analyses various manifestations of violence inscribed on the peop...
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The goal of our study was to explore factors that underlie public support for compromise in protracted, asymmetrical conflict. We introduce a gendering for compromise model in which, in line with previous studies (Maoz & McCauley, 2008), support for compromise is determined by perception of threat from the opponent. However, innovatively, our model...

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In our everyday life, we are constantly surrounded by media images that give us an impression of how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is shaping the world we live in. Thus, our knowledge of the world is influenced and affected by media(ted) experiences. Media Geography focuses on such geographies generated and imagined by the media and aims to question media constructions of spaces and places. In the context of our project, the current coronavirus pandemic is considered an excellent vehicle for investigating spatial phenomena and processes of a crisis in a globalized, entangled world. Drawing on interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, it aims to tackle questions of how in this time of crisis (power) relations between space, society, and culture(s) are constructed and conveyed in media and which socio-cultural challenges are involved. Following Craine’s (2014) statement “that media holds powerful transformative potentials because people use cultural representations to create social relationships and to define space,” we approach different spaces and places of COVID-19 by exploring the associated media(ted) geographies of a global health crisis. Thereby, this project focuses on uncovering and analyzing three main domains: (1) the production, consumption, and meaning of geographically relevant media and cultural constructions of COVID-19 (e.g., in audiovisual media, the news, or on social media platforms), (2) geo-political instrumentalization of the virus by certain actors (e.g., how far do political, media and social actors create narratives of the pandemic and use the virus to construct and reinforce stereotypes, prejudice, and biases), and (3) consequences of those media(ted) narratives for social realities and practices (e.g., questions of how related communication processes reinforce, open up or maybe bridge social inequality gaps). This project’s aim is to contribute to the deconstruction and, thus, a better understanding of socially relevant, multifaceted media(ted) geographies of the global health crisis of COVID-19 from a critical, interdisciplinary perspective and in a multidimensional, comparative manner.
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To what extent can perception shape attitudes, emotions, and behavior in times of crisis? To what extent might media representation and (mis)information substantiate racial beliefs and support for human rights abuses? Media discourses, technologies, and public opinions play significant roles in promoting a democratic culture, behavior, and society. Therefore, media serves, establishes, and brings forth new spaces of information flows. One of the main roles of the media in democratic societies is publicizing essential issues surrounding policy-making and human rights, especially in times of national or regional crises (e.g., natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, pandemics). Nevertheless, studies have found that crises have a "rally round the flag" effect on the media and public debate. During crises, the public and media tend to strongly decrease critical evaluation of leadership's actions, alongside an (almost) unreserved support for national or regional leaders. Our primary interest centers on the ways in which perceptions and media representations of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis might shape attitudes, perceptions, and the legitimation of policies targeting marginalized groups. Using mixed-method and interdisciplinary approaches, this project comparatively tracks the role of media (discourses and technologies) and social constructions (e.g., gender, race, and ethnicity) in shaping public discourses, public opinions, and policy-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will map, explore, and analyze representations of individuals and groups in political debates to explore perceptions and representations of marginalized groups, discrimination, and ethnocentrism. By doing so, we wish to contribute a new theoretical perspective on how crises might affect social life and political behavior.