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Quest for StatusChinese and Russian Foreign Policy$
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Deborah Welch Larson and Alexei Shevchenko

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300236040

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300236040.001.0001

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Status and Identity

Status and Identity

(p.1) 1 Status and Identity
Quest for Status

Deborah Welch Larson

Alexei Shevchenko

Yale University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book draws on social identity theory (SIT) for insights into how status concerns and social identity shape Chinese and Russian foreign policy. SIT argues that social groups strive to achieve a positively distinctive identity. When a group's identity is threatened, it may pursue one of several identity management strategies: social mobility, social competition, or social creativity. Using SIT as a framework, the book addresses several questions. First, how important were status considerations in shaping Chinese and Russian foreign policy? Second, why did China and Russia choose a particular strategy in a given context for improving their state's international standing? Third, how effective were their chosen strategies as measured by the perceptions and beliefs of the leading states.

Keywords:   Russian foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, social identity theory, group identity, social mobility, social competition, social creativity

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