A look at how the desire to improve international status affects Russia's and China's foreign policies Deborah Welch Larson and Alexei Shevchenko argue that the desire for world status plays a key role in shaping the foreign policies of China and Russia. Applying social identity theory—the idea that individuals derive part of their identity from larger communities—to nations, they contend that China and Russia have used various modes of emulation, competition, and creativity to gain recognition from other countries and thus validate their respective identities. To make this argument, they analyze numerous cases, including Catherine the Great’s attempts to westernize Russia, China’s identity crises in the nineteenth century, and both countries’ responses to the end of the Cold War. The authors employ a multifaceted method of measuring status, factoring in influence and inclusion in multinational organizations, military clout, and cultural sway, among other considerations. Combined with historical precedent, this socio-psychological approach helps explain current trends in Russian and Chinese foreign policy.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Deborah Welch Larson is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Alexei Shevchenko is professor of political science at California State University, Fullerton.
Table of Contents
1 Status and Identity 1
2 Imperial Identities: Glory and Humiliation 22
3 The Communist Contest for Status 82
4 The Social Creativity of Deng and Gorbachev 134
5 Status and Identity after the Cold War 177
6 Recognition and Cooperation 232