The Social Construction of Russia's Resurgence
Aspirations, Identity, and Security Interests
This groundbreaking theory draws on international relations research and social psychology. Clunan argues that the need for collective self-esteem creates aspirations—often based in a nation's past—that directly shape its national and security interests. In applying this theory to Russia, she points to the nation's continuing efforts to exert influence over former Soviet satellite states and relates the desire for international status found in five broad Russian national self-images—Western, statist, Slavophile, neocommunist, and nationalist—to Russia's definition of its security interests with respect to Europe, Eurasia, and nuclear weapons.
Clunan's examination of how sociology, social psychology, and traditional international politics affect post-Soviet Russian identity and security concerns is truly cross-disciplinary. A concluding chapter discusses the policy implications of aspirational constructivism for Russia and other nations and a methodological appendix lays out a framework for testing the theory.
About the Author
"The author explains lucidly and with originality how . . . elites determine what will be the 'platform' of the Russian identity."—Ellen Mickiewicz, Political Psychology
"Clunan does something unusual in this book: she both intervenes in an academic debate over international relations theory and produces fresh insight into the wellsprings of contemporary Russian foreign policy . . . In the process, she provides an unusually nuanced view of what Russia's current national identity is all about."—Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs
"The author is to be congratulated for a stimulating, well-researched and well-written study."—Stephen Shenfield, Slavonic and East European Review
"[Clunan's] model, based on aspirational constructivism, provides a compelling view of the process by which political elites forge national identity on the basis of a country's understanding ofits past."—Ray Sontag
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