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Title: International identity construction: China’s pursuit of the responsible power identity and the American Other
Authors: Boon, Hoo Tiang
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Boon, H. T. (2022). International identity construction: China’s pursuit of the responsible power identity and the American Other. European Journal of International Relations, 28(4), 808-833.
Journal: European Journal of International Relations
Abstract: How should one understand the construction of a state’s identity in the international system—its international identity? In this article, I attempt to provide richer answers. Drawing insights from social psychology, specifically Social Identity Theory and Identity Theory, I provide a micro-account of identity construction to better specify the mechanisms and logics through which international identity is constructed. This framework proposes the following general arguments about international identity formation. First, the construction of international identity is interpreted as a process of role negotiation between the state Self and relevant Other, animated by the mechanisms of self-categorization, alter’s casting, and role appraisal. Second, the collective motivations of self-esteem, self-efficacy, and self-consistency drive state identity change or continuity. As a plausibility probe, I apply the framework to a current analysis of China’s construction of an international identity as a “responsible” power in recent years, with a corresponding focus on the United States as the primary Other.
ISSN: 1354-0661
DOI: 10.1177/13540661221117029
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). All rights reserved.
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