Social Identity Theory (SIT) and Cold War national identites

In my RBA, I am going to apply SIT to the development of the national identities of the United States and the Soviet Union in an attempt to (a) demonstrate that social psychology can be applied to international relations, (b) argue that there is an alternative perspective on the development of the two countries’ national identities, and (c) offer an psychological explanation for the biases that were predominant in the Cold War era in the US and the USSR with regard to assessing each other’s behavior and motives.

In my brain map, I map only the aspects of SIT that I am going to be applying to the Cold War. Under each topic, there is going to be an explanation of the psychological process,  direct example(s) of it in the Cold War and its influence of the developemt of national identities.



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