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.



One thought on “Social Identity Theory (SIT) and Cold War national identites”

  1. This is a very interesting topic and I’d look to hear more about it! I think that you fleshed out your goals very well in your blog post, but your mind-map seems to only include general themes, and without reading your blog post it isn’t entirely clear that these themes connect to the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective national identities. It would be beneficial to read a brief explanation of the psychological process and a couple examples of it in the context of the Cold War in the mind map. A couple of things that I was wondering is how is social identity developed (I assume you’ll talk about this when you define SIT)? Did either the United States or the Soviet Union governments attempt to utilize SIT to manipulate the public or each other? Overall, I think that you’re essay is going in the right direction and will be a very interesting read!


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